Not my cup of cake
Brogan asked: Do they offer any explanation as to why Alonso is placed number 5?
I suppose the final paragraph explains it - "Yet Alonso's talent should not be judged in terms of hard results alone. Talk to any of the Renault crew, and they would tell you that Fernando is an inspirational figure and a valuable yardstick in the sense that if he cannot produce the results, then in all likelyhood the car is at fault"
So, did Alonso out perform the car significantly enough to justify 5th placing? Towards the end of the season it was obvious FA's mind was thinking about next season and his performances compared to a very poor Roman Grosjean were hardly scintillating. In my opinion I wouldn't have put him in the top ten based on this season's performance but then I'm not the editor.