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Honesty amongst the masses // A splash of truth in the overly corporate pre-season press releases

Published by Christine Blachford

With all these launches, press releases and interviews with drivers, it’s easy to get caught up in the world of “we’re going to be brilliant this year.”

Everyone is so supremely confident, positive and upbeat about the upcoming season; you’d think we’d gate crashed on a private pat-on-the-back party. Here are three statements you are probably sick of:

  • We want to challenge for the wins
  • Both our drivers are the bee’s knees
  • We're happy with the progress we’ve made over the winter

If they sound familiar, it’s because they’ve been trotted out at practically every press conference since the start of the year, and I for one am starting to get bored.

Alonso testing R28

The solution is to keep your eyes peeled for the honest people, the ones that aren’t afraid to tell it like it really is. The best and most recent example is Fernando Alonso.

But to be one second or eight tenths, like we are at the moment, is a little bit too much.

It would be really easy for Alonso – Mr. I-Bring-Six-Tenths – to say it was all going to be fine and they will be completely up to speed by the time Australia rolls around. But he didn’t. He said:

We need to work longer than the others, but that is not possible because there is one month to the first race and we cannot work longer than the others. So we need to work better. We will see what we can do.

It’s refreshing to hear someone admit that it’s not completely perfect, but they’re working on it.

At BMW, they openly admitted the troubles they were having with the new car in testing, they were quite honest about the work they were putting into getting it back up to the level they want, and how that is going. Another team telling it like it is.

We mentioned in the show last week, that Barrichello was all: “All I can say about the car is that it’s better than last year and that’s not saying much.”

You can’t imagine anyone in McLaren being allowed to say that. I love it.

  • Perhaps Alonso is only saying Renault are a second behind so that when they are four tenths behind in Melbourne he can say he brought Renault the six tenths!

    By the way, thanks for mentioning my post in the last podcast! Fame at last. :D

  • I was gonna say the same as Duncan above. A clever mind ceases to amaze.

  • What's that about a clever mind, Ollie? :p

  • What’s that about a clever mind, Ollie?

    we gotta sort comment 'editing' soon :)

    i just took two attempts to comment on renault's blog and messed up both attempts. one day we'll look back on the world and say:

    "remember when everything we typed was set in stone forever?"

  • Yeah, comment editing would handy for those of us who aren't perfect every time! I've been playing with the features in BBPress (allows comment editing) but haven't dared try it with WordPress yet.

  • comment editing would handy

    you're doing it on purpose now!!


  • The interesting thing about the BMW comment was that Nick's comments were almost immediately contradicted by Willy Rampf...

    And apparently Alonso has been looking a little down in the dumps now he's actually driven the car and realised it wasn't just his driving skills the team was lacking...

    It's almost as if he thought that in his hands the car would already be pretty close to Ferrari and Macca... I wonder if he's already checking his "get out" clause....

  • if by the time they get to Melbourne the R28s are only 0.3-0.4s behind McLaren then by the end of the year Alonso will be champion again. Let's not get carried away though...Renault had some issues last year but from what i understand they sort of solved the problem. The only question mark is where Ferrari and McLaren really stand this year.

    Alonso definitly has a strong word to say...he will definitly push the car to the absolut limits. And for the moment that is what really matters.

  • The only question mark is where Ferrari and McLaren really stand this year.

    i'm expecting mclaren's morale to drop once the garages get really small, like in say france.

  • I'm expecting McLaren to be awesome until they start behind Super Aguri in the pitlane... Actually, they do get a slight advantage from it, as thier drivers don't swere to miss the next pitcrew....

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