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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Mr Fiction - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 4:31 PM

@ lad - haha love it! You're correct of course, it's all in the car - that's why Webber has the same number of poles, wins and fastest laps as Seb.. oh, hang on, my nurse has just arrived with this afternoons tablets. She's very cross with me for weaving baskets during the GP but really, it's not my fault the Earth is flat.

ghog - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 4:41 PM

Pity Kimi's nose got smashed, he could have had a good chance for the win.

Must have been a tough decision (for the whole Team) to stay out on the track and nor replace it.

Oldmosis

April 14, 2013 4:42 PM

Though I am not a "fan boy" of anyone, I would say I am also not a "hater" of anyone. My congrats to the first four earlier was for the podium fighters.

Not including Button in that doesn't mean anything other than the others (in my opinion) were better to watch from a purely objective view of enjoying a "race".

Button was heard on the radio early complaining about traffic, then later asking IF he should race and then simply falling away to 35 seconds behind Alonso when Vettel almost made the podium after the final pit-stops. Yes he did well to get a fifth place on a two-stopper in "that" McLaren, but didn't get my juices flowing watching him. Simple.

Andy - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 5:35 PM

@Oldmosis

Rosberg won with a 2 stopper last year, Vettel came second with a 2 stopper in 2011.... 2 stopper doesnt mean its the end of the world...

People who are saying Fernando managed the car are wrong, that Ferrari is VERY fast

jim crint - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 6:01 PM

@oldmosis - well why the comment about Lewis enjoying passing Jenson then? What has that to do with praising the top four finishers?

Button is driving a car that's between 7/10ths to 1 second slower than the front runners. No one is going to get anyone's 'juices' flowing trying to make the best of a bad job, which Button is doing manfully. It's all about damage limitation at the moment, and that's a part of the long game that drivers sometimes have to play, especially these days with these plain stupid Pirelli tyres.

Did Lewis starting from pole and ending 3rd get your juices going then?

Oldmosis

April 14, 2013 7:39 PM

@ Chris - I didn't say a two-stopper was the end of the world, and I also said Button did well in the McLaren to finish 5th.

@ Jim Crint - Are you saying that Hamilton would not have taken a bit of self satisfaction at overtaking his former team mate twice? Especially when everyone seemed to think it would be the complete opposite with the pace of the cars before the season started, me included.

Raikkonen and Hamilton having a battle for pretty much the whole race (which Raikkonen became the victor of) got my juices flowing, and Vettel using his soft tyres to the max at the end of the race. Alonso drove brilliantly throughout too.

So bearing in mind my lack of praise of Button apparently makes me a 'hater', does this mean your remark about Hamilton starting on pole and finishing third mean you're a Hamilton 'hater'?

John - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 7:45 PM

Where exactly was the "race craft"? On the day, at this track and on those tyres, the Ferrari was clearly the best car. Alonso employed no brilliant "race craft" to get the win - he didn't need to.

John - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 7:51 PM

"a combative and assertive display of controlled, thoughtful driving ... simply the best driver on the day"


That's some butt-licking coverage right there. Alonso won a race which was his for the winning and made no mistakes along the way. It was a perfectly decent but far from terrific drive on his part.

richard

April 14, 2013 8:20 PM

john. i am not a fan of alonso, but i do think that he drove a good race. he made some clean and incisive passes, and used good racecraft to pass on corners before the drs activation zone, but after the detection line. that allowed him to use drs to get away from the car he overtook. clever thinking

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