It is 6 months before the start of next season. I have not pronounced who will MARCH all the way to the World Championship. I said this time last year I thought it would be Kubica, and look what happened to that prediction.
I see no reason why Ferrari will be any better next season than this, and if they aren't Alonso won't be World Champion.
Not to mention the various mental deficiencies Alonso has shown at McLaren.
Fernando Alonso has a couple of obstacles in the way before he can lay claim to another world championship. Felipe Massa for one. Alonso likes to have no.1 status in the team and Ferrari have a soft spot for Massa.
Secondly, there could be three other teams that are competitive, assuming that the Ferrari is not just a nicely coloured wheel-barrow.
EL_NANDO, hats off to you. You do seem very confident that your man will win through. I take it you've taken your confidence down the bookies and put some green where your keyboard is?
Unless Ferrari declare a de facto number one driver, Massa and Alonso are going to be taking points off each other all season and it will be a repeat of Alonso's time at McLaren. Massa is not going to settle for being number two driver so I doubt he's going to be offering much help there. I personally think that Ferrari are making a big mistake in having two potential WDC's in the same team. far better to have a superb driver winning races (and WDC's) and a good driver who can win the odd race and bring home the points consistently in second or third to help secure the WCC.
On the whole I think Alonso is probably the better driver of the two. But in a thread like this, my previous answer seemed appropiate.
But to which driver is more rounded, I think Massa probably pips that one.
Unless Alonso is in the No1 spot and gets most of the attention than I think history will only repeat himself. In 2007 if Alonso had directed more of his energy to winning than in-fighting he would have already been a triple WDC.
Alonso will only be at the same level as Massa, when he can ignore the red mist.
Also i think Massa is only about 4 points behind Alonso. The Ferrari was also a dog at the beginning of the season, and Alonso has taken part in a few more races.
Who would have thought Massa would have run Raikkonen so close though? I know Kimi's motivation has been questioned but I also believe the pyschology of Ferrari suits Felipe very well and when you have Schumie sitting in your corner (to us a boxing metaphor) is FA likely to feel a bit isolated? Alonso failed at McLaren because it, effectively, became Hamilton's team. What chance history repeating itself?
Remember than in the F2008, Massa took Raikkonen to the cleaners, and up to his injury Massa headed Raikkonen (and everyone else not in a Red Bull or Brawn) in the Championship! Alonso vs Massa is not a foregone conclusion, never mind the crap about Alonso being guaranteed the 2010 title!
Maybe he will, maybe not,but if the Italian maffia doesn't give him No.1 status, the Brazilian maffia won't pull any punches.. Still, should be fun to see Massa wiping the floor with him the same way he did Kimi.