@katederby a large part of it, though, is because he was so far out. It was practically a surefire victory – whereas for the others it wasn’t so clear cut. What’s to say Mark would’ve made Q2 even without the DRS failure? It’s a long shot, but it’s possible. For Vettel his pace in Valencia was so much so that he practically had the race covered. My post-race calculations show that fuel and tyre corrected, Vettel’s pace in his second stint (when Grosjean was matching him) was 8 tenths slower than his first stint, lap for lap. He was cruising, and even at cruising speed he was easily the quickest car on the circuit – not to mention he had the best tyre life out of all the cars.
With the others – they weren’t a surefire hit for their positions – not yet, anyways. So Alonso got hit in Spa with a dose of bad luck. It could’ve been 2nd – but it could have been 20th.