FERRARI FILLS IN THE MISSING PIECES
here would Ferrari be without
Fernando Alonso? Nobody can bend the
laws of physics to their will, not even
someone as ruthlessly focused as Alonso,
but it is possible to extract the absolute
maximum from a car and ensure that the
average result is better than it would be
with a “normal” driver.
That’s exactly what the Spaniard has
done for the Scuderia over the past four
seasons, certainly in race conditions.
Think about it: without Alonso’s virtuosity,
would Ferrari have even two last-race
Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship
near misses to paper over the cracks
of serial underachievement?
Ferrari’s recent results have been
perfectly respectable. Respectable, that
is, if we weren’t talking about Ferrari.
During the 2009-’ 13 F1 rules cycle, the
Prancing Horse won 12 races – one at
Spa in 2009, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen,
and the remaining 11 with Alonso.
But without Alonso, or one of the
small number of drivers of a comparable
caliber, it’s possible that Ferrari might
have endured the kind of win drought it
faced from late 1990, when Alain Prost
won the Spanish Grand Prix, through
to Gerhard Berger’s famous win at