F1 2014 Driver Review: Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso

Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car No.: 14
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 161
Laps Led: 32
Championship Position: 6th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Once again in 2014, Fernando Alonso dragged the Ferrari car kicking and screaming up the grid, giving everything he could to try and win the elusive third world title that he so craved.

And once again, he fell short. Not by the small amounts of 2010 or 2012, but by an enormous margin. With just 161 points and two podium finishes, this was by far Alonso’s worst season with Ferrari – or perhaps we should say Ferrari’s worst season with Alonso – and proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. For 2015, Fernando will most probably be racing with McLaren, but certainly not with Ferrari.

It was a year of great change at Maranello. The old regime under Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo was ushered out, with Alonso being a big part of it. Quite clearly, he was upset not to win a title with Ferrari, but still rated his time with the team as a nine out of ten. Seems quite generous, especially in light of this year’s disastrous campaign.

Alonso may not need the best car on the grid to win a championship, but when it is as dire as the F14 T, he stood little chance of winning a race. Once again, the Spaniard proved himself to be one of the most gifted drivers in F1, but he is still ‘only’ a two-time world champion. Few would have thought he would be leaving Ferrari without a third to his name, but alas, his era has ended.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

A bizarre year, really, occurred in 2014 for Fernando Alonso. The two-time World Champion had managed to finish second in three of the previous four seasons, despite not having the best car in any of the years. With the new regulations, Ferrari had a golden opportunity to make it right, and yet Alonso could probably argue the 2014 F14 T was the worst chassis he’d had in five years at Maranello.

If you look at the results achieved by Kimi Raikkonen – just 55 points and 12th in the World Championship with no podiums – Alonso’s season of 161, sixth with two podiums looks much better. Neither is anything Ferrari should be proud of, but Alonso’s season speaks volumes, once again, of him doing more with a car than should have been humanly possible.

How he managed to deliver as best he could on track given the still ongoing political machinations around him – some of which he may have orchestrated himself – was my takeaway of the season. Stefano Domenicali started the year as team principal, Marco Mattiacci took over, and now they’re both out in favor of Maurizio Arrivabene. But Alonso’s gone too – likely to McLaren – and how Sebastian Vettel compares may make the Scuderia wonder what in fact, they have lost for the future.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.