An interesting discussion, and I’m glad it really hasn’t heated up too much!
I tend to agree with Rampante on a lot of his points.
I am not, and have never been a team supporter and am quite neutral to most of them. I am a driver supporter and have my favourites amongst different teams.
I always enjoy talking to my boss’s father as he is a big Ferrari supporter (he is Italian in his late 60′s, been watching the race since he was a child), and it’s interesting to get a perspective from someone who is such a strong team supporter. I was talking to him the day before the announcement and his view was that Ferrari were idiots for making it so obvious. The team order didn’t bother him at all, and that teams have been giving drivers orders forever and that Ferrari just made the mistake of making it obvious.
Then again I know his love of the team blinds him a bit and I guess, like football supporters, they just want their team to win no matter what. For example, when Raikkonen won the WDC he loved him, yet when he was in his final year he hated him, and the incident with him eating an icecream in shorts in pitlane infuriated him (I remember having a coffee with him the morning after, quite funny for me… “He just gave up! The race could have still continued!” etc etc).
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that people will always be blinded a bit by their support for their team.
For me personally, my view has not changed for Ferrari. Team orders do not usually bother me when it’s nearing the end of the season and there is one driver with an advantage. I was a big Raikkonen fan and watching him let Massa pass in 2008 didn’t bother me at all, it was almost obvious it would happen anyway. And they aren’t the only team to do it.
I do hate it when it is mid season and there is no real difference between drivers’ points.
But back to Rampante’s comments about the individual driver being responsible, I agree.
And I too agree with Icthyes suggesting it could be Alonso.
I started by saying that I am a driver supporter, and at the bottom of my list, perhaps even a bit lower then the end of the page and down, underneath the earth somewhere, is Alonso.
(And funnily enough my boss’s father said he’ll only really like Alonso if he can help win Ferrari a Championship ;) )