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Fernando Alonso Defends His Fans and Gives His 2010 Season a Tick of Approval

Fernando Alonso has a happy knack of attracting controversy. After going into the final race of the 2010 Formula 1 season leading the championship and in an almost unassailable position, Alonso and Ferrari conspired to do exactly what was necessary to ensure that the missed out on the championship and allow Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull to claim an unlikely victory. Exactly how they managed to do this will be a lesson for all teams. Instead of focusing on winning the race, Ferrari and Alonso played it safe by choosing to pit to cover a desperate move pulled by Mark Webber—who Ferrari assumed was their only rival—in an effort to overcome a terrible qualifying effort. History tells us that this move was spectacularly unsuccessful,...

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