First things first, this isn’t a team order debate post. That’s been done to death and i’d prefer to not have any debate about it being right or wrong on this post.
What i want to know is that if Massa had won at Hockenheim would there still be so much criticism about his past race/season performance from fans and haters alike. If he had won, would people still be saying that he has had a lacklustre season?
Pre-Germany: was his performance lacklustre? Personally i dont think so. Was it as good as Alonso’s, sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Post-Germany: this is where, in my view, the criticism started and where his performances reflected the drop in confidence and morale which resulted from Germany. However, i still dont think he performed that badly. A decent haul of points in Spa when his teammate crashed out. A podium in Italy when his team mate won. It was only after Singapore and Suzuka when the criticism really started about his ‘terrible’ season. Singapore he qualified last and still finished 8th. In monaco, Alonso started last and finished 6th (Alonso started last due a driver error, Felipe started last due to a mechanical problem). Not much of a difference on similar tracks. Suzuka was probably his worse performance and naturally would generate warranted criticism. Korea was a quite race for Felipe but he was almost error free and came in third.
Was his performances after Germany as good as Alonso’s? No, that is reflected quite clearly in the standings, but was it lacklustre and terrible? Barring Japan, no.
So i would like to hear your opinions, if Massa had won in Germany would people still be so critical of him??