Pullrod wrote: Lotus49 wrote: Pullrod wrote:
Lotus49 wrote:If he did retire it deliberately it would be to get a new gearbox I would imagine. If they're not getting the points then it's the smart thing go do. But it's just Ted's theories again based on Spanish press. He was putting forward Alonso deliberately ran the car out of fuel in Melbourne too the other week.
He likes his theories about Alonso from everything like the lack of merchandise in the McLaren shop pointing to not even starting the season to sabbaticals and now this. The last couple of seasons have been good for Ted.
I don't want to call you naive but it has been around for a while now and is the reason why Alonso is performing "miracles" with the hopeless McLaren.
There was even a team radio last year(or 2015?) where he said himself he was not interested in using conservative settings just to finish the race(like others around him).
How many times now has he retired the car immediately after an overtake? And how many times has he congratulated himself on the radio after a good move?
Alonso is very sharp and I always called him a marketing genius(no joke). He would have made a fortune if he was not a driver with his ability to warp reality. Shrewd.
No offence but you make Ted look like Briatore when it comes to Alonso theories so I'm not surprised you like them.
Think about it..
Alonso will always get the benefit of the doubt and unlike Vandoorne, he is in the position where he dictates his strategy and decides what to do or not in the race.
It makes sense to burn your fuel, kill your tyres and use aggressive settings to pass cars and make the show(also on the radio) and then complain when you are without juice saying the engine is rubbish and it is not your fault if you can not fight.
Giving the objective catastrophic state in which McLaren is now, Alonso will always get higher ratings than the front runners. Win win for him.
It's a great theory. Trouble is it contradicts with even Ted's theory. There is little point trying 100% to score points(Which is what Spanish press said and is the genesis for Ted's latest theory) but retire if it's not going to happen when you're deliberately running yourself out of fuel and are never making the points anyway.
Points are never going to be on offer if you deliberately run out of fuel so which is it?. Is he trying to score points or not?.
Or is this one your theory?.
And McLaren-Honda of course are not just cool with this, they actively seek to keep him and even go to the added trouble of giving him a Honda to drive in Indy.
Does Alonso have compromising photo's of the Honda bosses or something?. They do have access to the same telemetry McLaren do you know. Why let him get away with it?.
Deliberately retiring the car and coming up with BS excuse if you're not going to make the points is believable, not just believable but under current regulations sensible, and something we've seen from every team. Honda wouldn't rat them out either so while I'm sure they'd be happier if he said gearbox or just "somethings wrong" rather than say it's the engine again, they would keep it to themselves I'm sure so they get to replace some parts for free.
Yours isn't. Hasegawa would be straight to the Japanese press telling them there was no issue with the PU at all and Alonso just keeps running the car out of fuel for fun. What's in it for them to invite even more ire from the Honda board and world press?.
Ted's original fuel theory at least happened in a race where the car got the blame for the stoppage(Suspension-Oz) so you could argue Honda would be willing to keep that one under wraps because they got no extra ire for it.
But this one I can't see the angle for Honda at all.
"Clark came through at the end of the first lap so far ahead that we in the pits were convinced that the rest of the field must have been wiped out in an accident."
-Eddie Dennis, describing the dominance of Jim Clark in the Lotus 49 at Spa 1967