F1 » Alonso focuses on title after 'bitter' near miss


For Fernando Alonso there was no getting around it: after leading for almost the entire British Grand Prix, coming away with second place was a bitter-sweet result.

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Taz

July 09, 2012 12:05 PM

Good clean racing between him and Webber (Pastor take note), his save in Qualifying was impressive.

RB8 seems to be the best car again but I'd still make him favorite to win this years WDC.

gedi - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 12:42 PM

Good clean racing, shame about qualifying as those driving a Ferari seemed to adversely influence the stewards to stop and re-start qualifying to ensure a good grid position...SHAME!!!

nealio

July 09, 2012 4:33 PM

Alonso handled the end of the race intelligently, great racecraft. At Silverstone it seems that the downforce/drag balance was a too drag accented in the soft tire segment. With the chassis at it's lightest it was startling how quickly the softer tires went off. RBR's greater downforce enables their drivers to get more from soft tires. This is an area Ferrari must concentrate development on.

blublz

July 09, 2012 5:28 PM

Although the rb8 is again a pretty good car, the ferrari is now close enough for alonso to some how manage to race them, strangely as in 2010 he seems to be taking advantage of mclaren going awol

107SS2009

July 09, 2012 6:59 PM

It would have been madness of FERRARI to have kept Alonso 3 or 4 more laps out on the hard tyres as at the time he was going one second a lap slower, the hard tyres were gone.
At Silverstone the FERRARI was the car to beat, the upgrades really made an improvement to the car, it was as fast as the RB8 if not a bit faster, this time the picture was clear for all to see as there were very little difference between all four cars of these two teams.

nealio - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 8:27 PM

@AlonsoFan
I think you are right, another 4 laps on the 2nd set of option tires might have done it as Webber caught him about 4 laps from the finish. It's true that Webber was taking time from him the lap before Alonso pitted but Webber was enjoying a golden lap as he has just put on a fresh set of options. I think if the Ferrari team hadn't reacted to Webber's pace the time difference would have stabilized. This is a flaw Ferrari has shown before (Abu Dhabi 2010) in reacting to a specific move by a competitor to the exclusion of the overall race situation and/or their own race plan.

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