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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18 comments on Late tyre change cost Alonso the win

  1. Toncho said on 8th September 2008, 11:30

    BMW made a great move rather than REN a mistake. In any case the maximum he could get was P2. For the record, ALO said to Spanish media that the team and himself took the decision to pit in that lap together.

  2. Well, there were a lot of drivers who could have won this race. It was CRAZY ! ! Fernando was one of them, nothing more..

  3. Well, Kubica might have had a shot at overtaking Massa just before the finish line hadn’t the crew botched his 2nd pit stop and consequently given Heidfeld (since he had a better position by then) the opportunity to switch tires. I can understand why he was so angry after the race saying BMW have been helping Heidfeld all season and someone could finally try to help him ;D
    I’m just wondering… does that tell you anything in the light of all those rumours on who’s in and who’s out for the BMW seat for the next season… I’m sure Kubica would love to drive for Ferrari after Spa ;)

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