Late tyre change cost Alonso the win

Fernando Alonso would probably have won if he'd pitted one lap earlier

Fernando Alonso would probably have won if he'd pitted one lap earlier

Fernando Alonso claimed he would have won the Belgian Grand Prix if he had switched to wet weather tyres sooner.

A look a the lap times suggest Alonso has a point. Instead of Alonso passing Sebastian Vettel at the final corner, it could have been Lewis Hamilton…

Alonso changed to wet weather tyres on lap 43, one lap after six other drivers had done the same.

His final lap on cold intermediates was 21s slower than Nick Heidfeld’s, who had stopped for tyres one lap earlier than Alonso. Alonso finished 28.9s behind winner Hamilton.

Had Renault brought him on the same lap as everyone else, giving him a lap to warm his tyres up, he probably would have been quick enough to win.

Alonso and Renault have been at odds over tyre choices in a wet race twice already this year. At Monaco he wanted to use the extreme wet weather tyres early in the race but was put on intermediates, and then crashed. He also argued with his team about tyres at Silverstone.

Alonso has often seemed more keen to take a gamble on strategy while Renault want to be more sonservative and guarantee a haul of points.

After the Belgian Grand Prix they are fifith in the constructors’ championship on 24 points and targetting fourth-placed Toyota who have 36.

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