|Pat Fry. Technical Director|
Alonso has denied talk about disagreements, but there doesn't seem to be a holistic team spirit at Ferrari at present. With Red Bull able to win the constructors title this weekend, providing they finish above Ferrari in Abu Dhabi, the focus for the Scuderia is on the drivers title. Therefore, the pressure on the team is coming from the Spaniard himself wanting the team to deliver. There are updates on the car this weekend, including a new front and rear wing, however little difference was apparent following Free Practice 1 and 2. Alonso was fourth fastest following Free Practice 1 behind the McLaren's and the Red Bull of Vettel. Free practice 2 saw him lying seventh behind the Red Bull's, McLaren's and low fuelled Lotus'.
|The Ferrari team with their new front wing.|
Alonso has battled with an inferior car all season. He has wrung the life out of it and has made it do things it shouldn't have been able to do. He is an exceptional talent but he needs a team around him. Feuding within the team could be disastrous for his title winning chances and for the future development of the car. Now it not the time for apportioning blame, it is the time for a leader to emerge and unite the team with a mutual vision.
When Michael Schumacher went to Ferrari they were a disjointed team, a team in a state of disarray. His organised and hard working approach revolutionised the team and gave them a completely different approach to racing, resulting in five driver's titles and six constructors championships. Although Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso are both able to do incredible things with inferior machinery, they are very different in terms of leadership style. The German is very hands on, giving feedback and supporting the team in ways the car should be developed. Alonso seems to take more of a back seat, leading from afar. Maybe the way he puts pressure on the team needs to change, or maybe they need to step up and do their bit. Whatever happens, they need to show a united front, because at this point in the season when pressure and mind games are at the maximum, any rift could be like gifting an 'own goal' to Sebastian Vettel.