Here at Badger, we’re not going to hold back on this one and we hope you agree that the headline sums up the way Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix with the legendary Italian team.
In short the race unfolded for the red cars with Alonso being squeezed off the line by Vettel, while Massa simply drove away and passed the pair or them. The front two remained in control of the race with not even the Red Bull cars being able to keep up with them.
While going through traffic, Massa had a tough time and Alonso had an opportunity to pass but Massa drove superbly to keep his teammate at bay in 2nd. It clearly looked like Alonso was quicker, but Massa pulled out a gap of over 3 seconds with fastest lap after fastest lap. Alonso caught back up again when going through traffic, but he could not find a way of getting past to take the lead.
Instead, on lap 48 Feliple Massa’s race engineer came on the team radio and said in a tone that made it clear he didn’t really want to say it…
Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?
It was the most blatant attempt of team orders since it was enforced that teams can’t instruct drivers to slow down and change positions. The fact that Ferrari did it for the lead when Massa clearly won the lead fair and square is outrageous.
Alonso should not be publicly displaying joy at winning today’s grand prix because it’s a false victory, along with his Singapore victory of 2008.
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