The Darwinian truth

Did he actually think he can get away with it? On one hand, he puts up a brave front for the English press. Then he goes home and spits venom in front of the Spanish press. I mean, what was Alonso thinking?

If anyone needed evidence that Fernando was flustered by Lewis, that one swipe he took towards the pit wall in Indianapolis was damning enough. With that one move, he showed his displeasure not just to his team, but also to the entire world. At that very moment, he also proved my longstanding theory. Alonso is a bad loser.

Some might say what can be good about losing? For a generation raised on win-at-any-cost tactics promoted by superstars like Senna and Schumacher, relating to such a noble concept is understandably improbable. We simply have not been exposed to the grace and sportsmanship displayed by men such as Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio even in defeat.

Even Schumacher, for all the aggressive tactics he employed against teammates and rivals alike, never washed his dirty linen in public. He stood like the rock of Gibraltar even during the most difficult times – getting beaten by teammates Barrichello and Massa, completely let down by Bridgestone in the 2005 season, and so on. Surely, that’s the quality that earned him immense respect and unconditional support from his teams. This is something that Alonso should learn.

Not surprisingly, adversity has an uncanny ability to bring out the worst from some – sudden jinks to the right, the urge to perform brake testing mid corner, transforming into a moving chicane, inexplicably parking at Rascasse, etc. That’s not to allege that Alonso employs such deplorable tactics, but won’t he? He’s after all, for the first time in his career, being outclassed by a teammate. That too a rookie!

Fine, he’s operating with an evolutionary handicap – new team and new tyres; whereas the wonder-kid literally had a head start on both counts. But if Alonso intends to be the first grand prix driver to win back-to-back championships with different constructors, he needs to do what Prost did to beat Arnoux at Renault (1981), Senna did to beat Elio de Angelis at Lotus (1985) & Prost at McLaren (1988), Villeneuve did to beat Hill at Williams (1996), and Kovalainen is currently doing to beat Fisichella at Renault – adapt. Apparently, dinosaurs didn’t.


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