It is slightly discouraging to see Fernando Alonso’s ill-fated year at McLaren still being dredged up from time to time. The way Fernando acted at McLaren was not right. But people do change and one can easily argue Alonso has done just that. Whether or not he would react well to having Vettel in the garage space next to his is a different matter, and probably academic. Clearly Alonso now has better conditions for him to be at ease with his team situation, being the clear #1 to Felipe Massa at Ferrari, which is certainly not the situation he faced when paired alongside a British Lewis Hamilton during his sensational F1 debut with a British team that had been nurturing him for many years. Certainly Fernando did not handle himself well in 2007 at McLaren. But in this writer’s opinion, those who condemn Alonso for the way he behaved himself 7 seasons ago are saying as much about themselves as they are about Alonso.
One could argue that Kimi Raikkonen’s comeback victory at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was overshadowed by the infamous catch-phrase he inadvertently coined over a team radio transmission in the closing laps of the race. While mildly funny, the time has come to let this phrase fade away in our collective memories. It’s getting old.
The idea for this site came first. Next came the hunt for a memorable domain name that was somehow connected to Formula 1. The term “team orders” was available under the .co.uk tld, and Team Orders F1 was born.
Although there are no plans to focus this site on the actual issue of team orders in F1, at all, “team orders” is a memorable term known to F1 fans around the world, and hopefully the controversial nature of the term will help visitors remember the address and come back often.
teamorders.co.uk is currently in development and should be ready before the lights go out in Melbourne. Check back in January for updates.