Mep, you bring up a good point when suggesting this might be planned.
Thus far Fernando appears to have better race pace than Felipe. Look what happend when he got around Massa in China, he finished 4th, while Massa could only manage 9th. Or how about in Malaysa? Alonso would have secured 9th possition even with his gear box issues had his engine not blown out, while Massa could only manage 2 possitions better? If I recall correctly, at one point Fernando was even attempting a pass Felipe. Suggesting that the gear box problem didn't have a matterial effect on drivablity and pace seems foolish, but I am no expert.
We need to consider the fact that maybe the TEAM wanted Fernando in the pit first. If the crew saw that Fernando had a better potential finishing place then what occured was best for the team. Wouldn't that be ironic...... both men being team players.
Also for all Hamilton fan boys on this thread (NOT HAING ON HIM, he is amazing and one of my favorite drivers, but not so much than my objectivity is blurred) did Lewis' failure to obey team orders in Hungary 2007 effect your view of him as a team player? Applying the "Alonso" logic it should...
The point is that if you want to be World Champion you have to be cutthroat. Schumacher and Alonso both know this, and you better believe Lewis does too. Being a team player in Formula 1 is driving as hard as possible and score as many points as YOU possibly can. Taking your teammate out of the race, or making a move that detriments his results more than yours are improved are the two exceptions. So even if this pit lane switch was a net 0 transaction for Ferarri's points haul, he still did nothing wrong as far as the team is concerned. In fact you can make solid arguments to the contrary.
Stop hating on the man and open your eyes to the complexities of the big picture.
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