Alonso splits Red Bulls for valuable second place (Ferrari race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Hungaroring, 2010

A win never looked on the cards for Ferrari given Red Bull’s performance advantage.

But Fernando Alonso was able to split the RB6s on race day giving him a useful haul of points.

Team mate Felipe Massa, however, never figured in the battle at the front.

Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso
Qualifying position 4 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’20.331 (+0.344) 1’19.987
Race position 4 2
Average race lap 1’27.044 (+0.138) 1’26.906
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 1 1

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Felipe Massa

Spent the build-up to the race telling the press he’s “not a number two” – but never did anything on the track to suggest otherwise this weekend.

He dropped behind Lewis Hamilton during the pit stops as there was a delay in getting his tyres ready after Alonso had pitted. He was fortunate not to lose even more time as Barrichello almost passed him as he left the pits.

We never got to see whether Massa could take the position back from Hamilton on the track as the McLaren driver retired, leaving Massa to take fourth.

Compare Felipe Massa’s form against his team mate in 2010

Fernando Alonso

Qualified the Ferrari as high as it could go and took advantage of starting from the clean side of the grid to pass Mark Webber on the first lap.

While Webber was able to use strategy to get back ahead, Sebastian Vettel’s drive-through penalty allowed Alonso up to second.

He was hounded by Vettel for the rest of the race but the F10’s straight line speed and Vettel’s inability to close on him in turbulent air meant Alonso’s defences were never tested.

A valuable second place puts him within 20 points of championship leader Webber.

Compare Fernando Alonso’s form against his team mate in 2010

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