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Is there a lack of ego in F1?
We can read today something quite interesting that apparently comes from Bernie
Ecclestone’s biography, No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone.
The essence of this story lies in a time in 2007 towards the Hungarian Grand Prix. This was a
Grand Prix that stayed in memories for its qualifying session, where Fernando Alonso had
deliberately blocked his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the pits. We all remember what
followed: the Spaniard was given a 5-grid penalty and McLaren have not been awarded the
points gained during the weekend. And if there was not enough, the sadly known spy gate was
added to that. It was not sad for the spying aspect – for this has always occurred in F1 – but
for its tragic-comic dimension.
The thing we learn today, all this still to be confirmed, is that Fernando Alonso would have
asked Ron Dennis to ruin Hamilton’s car, by asking him before the race not to put enough
fuel in his teammate’s car for the last stint so that Lewis Hamilton would not finish the race,
as Alonso wished to take revenge from him.
If we may question the truth of these pieces of information, there are few heckling things. On
the one hand, why Ecclestone would lie? He has not much interest to do so. The other thing to
wonder is why he would reveal this almost four years after it occurred? We believe that it
could be an attempt to create hostility between those two sturdy characters. After all, a slight
ego fight seems to be lacking to please journalese lacking for sensationalism. It is just like a
probable fight on and off track could please Bernie. After all, would not it be there a good
way to prepare the return to the turbo years? The fact of trying the old recipe of those
antagonist fights at the time of the first economical globalization of F1 would be a good way
to boost business in the upcoming years.
In the meantime, Fernando Alonso’s detractors will enjoy this, as they will see him one more
time involved in a pseudo F1-related scandal of the past few years.