F1 » F1 China 2013: Alonso master of strategies in Shanghai

Fernando Alonso put in a perfect display of race craft in Shanghai, the Ferrari driver ten seconds clear of Kimi Raikkonen at the climax of the 2013 Chinese GP

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April 14, 2013 10:15 AM

Great drive by Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel.

Nice racing between the four of them, and some great overtaking by all of them. Alonso pulled some fantastic moves, Vettel also. Hamilton must have been very satisfied to "do " Button twice, the second one was very nice to watch :P


April 14, 2013 11:07 AM

Well done Fernando. However, I cannot figure out Felipe Massa. He was pushing Alonso at the start of the race and then, like so many times before, his race is ruined by poor strategies and/or poor performance.
How does one explain that Alonso had no problem passing Vettel on at least 2 occasions and Vettel had no prolem passing Felipe?
Is it time for Rob Smedley to go! If I were Felipe, I would insist upon it.


April 14, 2013 11:19 AM

'What would have happen if Vettel had ran into Webber's loose Tyre!'

Well it could have hit him on the head and he could've died. Which surely even those that dislike Vettel don't want to see happen. I was surprised to that DC was jokingly speculating on the timing of the wheel come off.

He should know that a loose tyre on track is extremely dangerous.


April 14, 2013 11:23 AM

@jim crint - Unregistered
@Oldmosis - "Great drive by Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel. "
"Another sad Button hater. "

Button did fine but these 4 were clearly out at the front. I don't see how congratulating those in contention for a podium is Button hating.


April 14, 2013 11:41 AM
Last Edited 1116 days ago

I was not expecting such an intriguing race. Like the commentators mentioned a couple of times, the DRS is making overtaking a bit too easy now. If they get rid of the soft compound tyres and tone down DRS a little F1 might still be a great racing series.

I was very impressed by how well Button's tyre conserving worked and the 5th was well deserved. Also, the sloppy last pit stop by Vettel may have cost him a podium.

Well done Ferdi, Kimi and and Lewis. Great drives all :)


April 14, 2013 12:24 PM
Last Edited 1116 days ago

Congrats to Alonso....brilliant drive! The man was in tune today and fortunately has finally got a decent car to drive. Not that he didnt the end of last season but..... to start the season with a good car and him driving it is......dangerous, if your not a big fan! Also, it looks Marks up to his old ways......bit too aggressive mate! RBR needs points not wrecks! Go Vettel!


April 14, 2013 12:32 PM

ferdi deserved the win, with a faultless drive. kimi did great in spite of having a broken wing. good move not to waste time replacing it. lulu had a deserved third, but nico seems to have constant suspension problems. (FRIC problems?) if rbr had put vettel on the softs a lap or two earlier, he could have been second (13 sec deficit eliminated in 4 laps!) . macca showing their doubters wrong as they are getting back on pace.
some pretty lousy drving from some so called professionals, webbers move on vergne was just damn stupid, especially as he was ahead of vettel and had one less pit stop. di resta also acting like an unguided missile, as was guitterez.


April 14, 2013 1:05 PM

eddie. all well, thanks. the rbr decision was odd, especially as the tyres were known to have about 6 laps in them, and seb even had a new set with a couple more laps on them! i expected him in at 49 or 50. still, the drag to the finish was great!

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