Fernando Alonso seized an 11 point championship lead over Mark Webber with his fifth win of 2010 in the Korean Grand Prix.
He bounced back from a slow pit stop which cost him a place to Lewis Hamilton and stayed on top of tyre wear in the closing stages to score an impressive win.
|Felipe Massa||Fernando Alonso|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’36.571 (+0.805)||1’35.766|
Couldn’t match his Q2 time in Q3 and qualified sixth on the grid.
Stayed out of trouble in the race – though he nearly spun at the same corner that claimed Mark Webber late on – and brought the car home third.
Startlingly fast in the first sector in qualifying, he briefly looked set to take pole position before being bumped back to third by the Red Bulls.
Moved up to second when Webber crashed and briefly lost the place due to a slow pit stop. Re-gained it when Hamilton went off on lap 35.
He inherited the lead when Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew with ten laps to go.
By the end of the race it was clear Alonso had looked after his intermediate tyres far better than his rivals. He was able to lap whole seconds than his rivals and his rear tyres were visibly in better condition:
It is a great feeling winning this way, as it was a very difficult victory, given the track conditions.
Especially at the start, the situation on track and in terms of visibility was really precarious. That was the most worrying time, because I knew it would be an achievement just to stay on the track. We had never driven here in the wet and so there was no reference point.
Webber’s retirement slightly changed our approach because, all in all, it would have been sufficient to finish on the podium without taking too many risks. The final stages were particularly difficult because half the track was almost dry and the tyres were getting ruined really quickly.
I witnessed both Red Bull problems from very close up: in these situations you try and stay super-concentrated, because you are coming from a high speed corner and there is no time to think.
Clearly, this was a great help for our championship chances, but luck proves that Formula 1 is not just about the maths. If you then think about what happened at races such as Valencia and Silverstone, you can really say that what goes around comes around.
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