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    James Allen's verdict on Spa

    Please read this Dr. Phil, especially the part about Alonso and Renault
    JAMES ALLEN'S VERDICT

    Re: James Allen's verdict on Spa

    Excellent find Temm! good thorough analysis

    This deserves to be quoted:
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    All over bar the shouting

    Fernando Alonso might not have won the title on Sunday, but as he stood on the podium for the 12th time this season it will have struck him that the formula is now absurdly simple.

    It doesn't matter what results Raikkonen gets. If Alonso is standing up there again in Brazil, regardless of which step he is on, he will be world champion.

    It will be a suitable end game to an enthralling championship year. Some would argue that it would be better if the pair were five points apart rather than 25.

    Others, like Ron Dennis would argue that the best driver will not be winning the title this year.

    But I would hole both arguments below the water line.

    Fernando deserves to be champion because of the way he and his team have managed their season. Winning a world championship in Formula 1 requires a huge concerted effort from over 800 people, of whom the driver is only one, albeit the most important.

    Let us not forget that Alonso has won six GPs this year.

    He has qualified in the top six for every race (apart for the lottery in Melbourne) and in fact he's been on the front two rows for 11 of the 16 races.

    That speaks of a man who calm under pressure. His other strengths are his tenacity, his intelligence and his determination. All of these are qualities which marked him out on his arrival in F1.

    Now he has added the vital ingredient, experience, (albeit only 66 races) to become the finished article.

    But the quality I most admire about him is his relentlessness. In sport, the hardest thing of all is to be consistent at a very high level.

    People who compete against Roger Federer in tennis or Shane Warne in cricket know that they are up against someone who is not only at the top of their game, but also driven by a furious hunger always to keep going in pursuit of success.

    Alonso is like that.

    He drives as fast from lights-to-flag in a grand prix as anyone and never lets up.

    In the second half of this season when his car has been a few tenths slower than the McLaren, he has kept pushing and Raikkonen's heart will have sunk on many occasions, hearing via radio that Alonso is only a few seconds behind him, or that he has picked up another second place from Montoya.

    He's the Spitfire who's always on your tail. To become world champion you must first and foremost be the best competitor and Alonso has been that for me this year.

    At Spa he did the best job he could with the machinery at his disposal.

    The Renault looked a bit twitchy at the back through Eau Rouge on Saturday and it proved a bit of a thrilling ride for the drivers in the race, Fisi crashing out and Alonso saying afterwards that the car had been moving about a bit.

    Renault ran less downforce than many as they were keen to have straight-line speed in sector 1 so that they would not be overtaken on the straight after Eau Rouge, but it made for a hairy ride.

    - JAMES ALLEN'S VERDICT


    Re: James Allen's verdict on Spa

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    Carlos from Spain said:
    Excellent find Temm! good thorough analysis




    As always from James Allen!
    ITV-F1 is my favourite F1 site, with great news, previews and analysis/verdicts on the races. The pit babe gallery is quite good too

    ITV F1

    Re: James Allen's verdict on Spa

    Dont agree with that!!!! Do you get James Allens commentary in Norway?

    The guy sucks, always makes mistakes!! Half the time its as though he is watching another race! Perhaps I hate him because hes not Murray Wlker? Unfair, maybe... but he just annoys me so much! Check out this website for some more James Allen fans!!! "Stop the c0ck"
    http://www.sniffpetrol.com/


    Anyway.. As much as I hate to admit it, I do however agree with his write up here. Alonso does deserve to win the championship this season. Was he the best driver... no, most exciting? No. But he has played the game and performed consistantly well throughout the season. Oh yes

    I'm Kimi all the way but whilst Kimi is without a doubt one of the best racers out there he just has not had the backing from his Merc engine!

    Re: James Allen's verdict on Spa

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    temm said:
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    Carlos from Spain said:
    Excellent find Temm! good thorough analysis




    As always from James Allen!
    ITV-F1 is my favourite F1 site, with great news, previews and analysis/verdicts on the races. The pit babe gallery is quite good too

    ITV F1



    Thanks for the heads up Tim, I did know about it. Excellent source

    Re: James Allen's verdict on Spa

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    RichJ said:
    Dont agree with that!!!! Do you get James Allens commentary in Norway?

    The guy sucks, always makes mistakes!! Half the time its as though he is watching another race! Perhaps I hate him because hes not Murray Wlker? Unfair, maybe... but he just annoys me so much! Check out this website for some more James Allen fans!!! "Stop the c0ck"
    http://www.sniffpetrol.com/





    We don't get ITV or James Allen in Norway, so I can't comment on his commentary skills.
    I was referring to his verdicts on itv-f1.com after the race which I think are very good.

     
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