I realize that this guy doesn't know anything, or at least will be made to feel that way by the time some of you have set him straight, however, it seems as though his view of the Ferrari and of Alonso's performance differ just a bit with the vast knowledge we have seen here in the forum for several months now...http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/fernando-alonso-driver-of-the-year/
"Equipped with a car called one of the worst Ferrari creations in history..."
Now that article may be a bit dramatic, but to those who have been claiming for weeks that the Ferrari is not and has not been slow/difficult/second tier.... perhaps you are more fearful of Alonso getting credit than you are realistic about the Ferrari F1 car of 2012.
It has seldom been the fastest, it has not qualifyied well putting it in an almost constant catch-up mode, nor has it had consistent front of the pack race pace. What it has had has been reliability, excellent strategy & teamwork, and some excellent driving to offset the weaknesses... to a degree. If most every knowledgeable source in F1 media can see it, why are some of you having such a difficult time and what do you know that they do not?
The assumption that something is published automatically makes it credible, or even more credible, than a person's opinion on a forum is something that irks me.
Publications have agendas of their own, whether it is to increase readership or appeal to particular advertisers. So articles are not necessarily any more objective or knowledgeable than the average person's.
Moreover, just because an individual is published does not say anything to their knowledge or objectivity. With regard to knowledge, obviously there is a greater chance that someone who is published has some, but I wouldn't just assume it and, rather, would be checking their credentials. So, for example, yes, I'd read something from Martin Brundle or Jonathan Noble knowing they have knowledge, but I wouldn't pay much attention to Greg Rust (an Aussie guy). The issue of objectivity is something else entirely and particularly relevant when it comes to articles that are by their very nature opinions, which is applicable to driver performance (as opposed to how a technical component of a car operates). And in that regard I don't take any opinion as gospel, whether it's Stewart, Lauda, Brundle, Allen or anyone.
This is all particularly the case in the modern world. 20 years ago journalists and those published generally did have access to information and insight that the general public didn't. But now, with the internet for information, sharing opinions and video media availability and also greater ease of travel that is not necessarily the case.
Personally there are opinions from people on here that I have more time for than ANY F1 commentator or journalist. And the main reason for that is that because they put forward their thoughts frequently I have been able to judge them both knowledgeable AND objective.