Martin Whitmarsh Not Acceptable Authority When Speaking About Fernando Alonso


What Happens When Paddock Gossip Is Taken as Express Truth

— Today, extreme amounts of online readers and writers are quoting McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh as a definitive authority that Fernando Alonso will be moving to Ferrari for the 2010 season.  While Whitmarsh is a good source of information as to what is happening in the paddock or what most of the paddock generally thinks, it is, perhaps, a bit too much to be taking his word as law regarding a driver no longer affiliated with his team, and a team with whom his team’s dealings are generally acrimonious.

Of course, hints and suggestions do indicate an Alonso switch to Ferrari next season (Spanish bank Santander will be a major sponsor for next season; Ferrari’s 2009 post-season celebration will be in Valencia, not Mugello, according to SPEEDtv), but it seems that  an offhand comment from Whitmarsh has thrown the F1 paddock, both real and online, into a silly season frenzy.  Take a deep breath, admit that Martin may not be an authority on the situation, and be prepared to see all of Spain in Scuderia red in 2010.

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4 Comments

  1. Of course not, but didn’t Whitmarsh get exactly what Whitmarsh wanted with this? Gotta give him credit for pointing at the elephant in the room! 🙂

  2. Exactly…and I love just how offhand his comment actually was. It was in an interview about silly season and Kovalainen and he just mentions how the “Fernando-Ferrari” move would open doors for a lot of people. Not a standard interview, “do you think this will happen?” just a throwaway comment that has the entire community buzzing.

    • I just can’t stop wondering if Ron would have done the same thing if he’d wanted to cause a distraction. Or how he would have hinted at it. Any idea?

  3. Well, I don’t think Ron would have said (as Whitmarsh later did) that it was terrible to have lost Alonso. As a distraction, perhaps some commentary about Renault and the overturned suspension or a scathing comment about being at Valencia with only 45,000 seats sold and blaming Schumacher for the low turnout. Or his personal favorite whipping boy (pun possibly intended) Max Mosley.


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