Alonso has put the Suzuka incident behind him with exemplary coolheadedness – and set the perfect example for the team in doing so
Latins are often said to be very emotional. And with good reason. Because it’s hard to prevent your heart and feelings taking over your rational brain even though when you’re involved in a difficult, challenging game, allowing that to happen can prove dangerous.
In all honesty, when I saw Alonso’s single-seater knocked out of the race on Sunday morning after just a few hundred metres because of a simple contact in the inevitable melee at the start, I had a decidedly Latin reaction. I was swamped by dismay when I saw those precious points he had so tenaciously collected for his lead, go up in smoke. That dismay quickly turned into rage, however, when I saw the authority with which Felipe Massa held his rivals at bay and the way he refused to let Vettel’s Red Bull get away from him.
And speaking of Latin behaviour, I was very reassured when I heard Alonso’s post-incident interview. He seemed calm, most definitely determined. He confined himself to saying that this is where the Championship really begins, that everyone is more or less on the same points, and that you have to really give of your all to the very last race. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Giving into panic now would be like giving up on the fight. It would mean not having the clearheadedness needed to continue to believe in ourselves. In taking the stance he has, Alonso has given the best possible helping hand to a team that has always worked with its heart as well as its brain.