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    For his last Ferrari appearance, Alonso wears a particular design, where his trademark arrows on top are all that’s left from his usual design. The right is black with the signatures in silver of many team members, the left is red with a picture of Fernando pitting with the crew in the background, and two green and white stripes go from the front to the back making an asymmetric Italian flag.

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    Race 16: South Korea
    Qualifying: 19th – Race: 5th

    The team had low expectations for the weekend but after a bad practice session and having to use a setup which made my car so unstable on the straights it turned to a side over a certain speed, qualifying 19th by 7 tenths was a half-miracle. True, I was 1.5s slower than Maldonado in 18th, but Petrov, who had beaten me in practice, was 22nd. After a slow start I avoided collisions and overtook most of the drivers ahead of me in the run towards turn 3, reaching P6just behind Vettel, who was just far ahead enough to be out of reach. Alonso retired on lap 2 and I recovered one more position, and stayed there until the pit stops. I earned ground on Kobayashi and Raikkonen as they had to sit stationary as other cars also stopped, and I realised that was my only hope of taking my position back on the following lap. It was so, as I was back in 5th place and with an extra advantage on my closest rival. I pushed hard and then saved my final extra litres of fuel for use on the straights, the only spots where I was actually under serious threat of being overtaken. It was difficult, especially with such a nervous front end, but I managed to stay 5th and thanks to Hamilton’s non-score I can breathe a little more easily in the championship, which I now lead by 18 points. Schumacher won from pole, for the record, meaning the drivers ahead of me who gained most were also those furthest behind in the title.

    #278170
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    I never made a helmet for Jules since 2010 as his shiny effect and detailed design made it a hard task, but I’ve finally decided to do his 2014 helmet and despite it not being great it’s better than I’d hoped. #ForzaJules

    #277292
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    As the news of Andrea De Cesaris’ death has added to this day’s sadness I have made an effortless combination of Jules’ and Andrea’s helmets.

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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 22nd
    I was 19th in Q1 after my first run but found an extra half-a-second to take 17th place. In the final minutes, though, Vergne beat me by less than three hundredths and I was out of the session, 3 places ahead of Petrov. After a good start I was up to P8, also thanks to Vettel’s mistake which dropped him to last. Maldonado got through quickly, though, and after my pit stop I pulled a great move on the outside of turn 1 to keep my position on Vergne. Unfortunately a few laps later I spun at the same spot and took him out with me. Another spin was the reason I got a penalty as I impeded Vettel, and now behind Petrov I had nowhere to go. Vettel was right behind me and got past on lap 11, but retired on lap 12 with a blown engine. I spun one more time on the last lap because crossing the line 16th wasn’t enough and finished 22nd to Petrov’s 15th.

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    Race 14: Singapore
    Qualifying: 11th – Race: DSQ
    I was 11th in practice, and in Q1, still on the prime compound, I set a time which would have put me on top of the timesheets in practice and which was worth fourth place in Q1 itself; Petrov, on the other hand, was eliminated in 22nd place. In Q2 I couldn’t improve my previous lap time on the option tyres with my first set, but with my second I came within 0.090s of Vettel’s time: he was 10th, and I was knocked out in 11th place. Hamilton from pole led the two Red Bulls, with Vettel on the second row; Button and Alonso wrapped up the grid in 12th row. I jumped into second place by the time we reached turn 5 as Rosberg and Hamilton impeded each other in an attempt to snatch the lead from Webber. I lost touch with the Red Bull immediately, but was satisfied by my pace as our best times only differed by two seconds. I pitted on lap 7 and came out 4th behind Pic and Petrov and ahead of Raikkonen, while Hamilton and Rosberg had lost some time and took some and though I gently touched the wall, slightly damaging the front wing, I had to reverse to get back on track. I spun again and into the approaching Vettel, and received two penalties at once. I continued in 8th place, having let Massa by to get DRS, before I accidentally hit Kobayashi at turn 8: he spun 180° and prompted the stewards to disqualify me. Webber beat Hamilton and Rosberg and my championship lead has been halved to 20 points only.

    #276109
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    Sadly, before my final race of the season, I received the “corrupt file” message and lost all my progress. Not only career but time trials and scenarios and everything else. I decided to do a Grand Prix weekend in Brazil to complete, unofficially, my career. I put the same settings as I’d had but somehow I had too great a performance advantage on my rivals.

    Race 19: Brazil
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

    Practice was a dry start to a wet weekend, and I topped the session by over two seconds. I was first on intermediates in Q1 and second in Q2. A first run on those tyres put me 8th in Q3, but I noticed the track was too dry. On full wets I improved by two seconds to take first, and had time to do another run on another set of wets and beat my own provisional pole time while others also improved. I was almost two seconds ahead of Raikkonen and Hulkenberg, who beat Vettel and Alonso. The race was run under light rain and everyone used intermediate tyres. Raikkonen overtook me on the inside of turn 1 at the start but ran deep enough for me to move to the inside and take the lead back. I led by three seconds at the end of the first lap as Hamilton had fought his way up to 2nd. I then proceeded to earn around a second per lap on Hamilton himself, and set the fastest lap right away. On lap 9 Alonso, now 3rd, pitted, but Hamilton stayed out one more lap and I, wanting to record a Grand Chelem, stayed out two more laps as I wanted to be sure Hamilton was stopping. I pitted just after momentarily lapping Pic and came back out with 10 seconds on Hamilton. I immediately lapped Chilton and Bianchi, set the fastest lap again before lapping van der Garde and Pic, then improved further the fastest lap. I stayed in the 1:14s every lap till the end and won with a 20-second margin on Hamilton who preceded Alonso. Vettel out of the points meant Fernando has taken 3rd place in the standings back.

    Season Summary
    Wins: 7 – Poles: 3 – Doubles: 3 – Grand Slams: 1

      1. Australia – 6th + 2nd
      2. Malaysia – 9th + 15th
      3. China – 13th + 16th
      4. Bahrain – 10th + 2nd
      5. Spain – 7th + 2nd
      6. Monaco – 4th + 2nd
      7. Canada – 4th + 1st
      8. Great Britain – 1st + 1st
      9. Germany – 6th + 2nd
      10. Hungary – 3rd + 2nd
      11. Belgium – 9th + 1st
      12. Italy – 1st + 1st
      13. Singapore – 6th + 2nd
      14. South Korea – 13th + 2nd
      15. Japan – 10th + 8th
      16. India – 12th + 3rd
      17. Abu Dhabi – 6th + 1st
      18. United States – 4th + 1st
      19. Brazil – 1st + 1st (Grand Slam)
    #275622
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    Race 18: United States
    Qualifying: 5th – Race: 1st

    I had never shown good pace so I was thinking of using prime tyres in Q3: Hamilton had a 20-position penalty in practice so I had one rival less to worry about. Instead I saved two sets of options in Q2 and I used them: I was first by two tenths with my first lap, but my mechanics repaired an inexistent problem on my car and I was prevented from lapping again, and dropped to 5th, 6 tenths off Alonso’s pole time. Due to Hamilton’s penalty, I started 4th. I overtook Vettel and Rosberg at turn 1 and chased Alonso, but did not force a move. Unfortunately he was quick enough through sector 3, my weakest point, to be too far ahead by the time we approached sector 1, my strongest point, on the next lap. I stayed in second place but noticed, the lap I was due to pit, that he was back in my sight despite having been much further ahead. I pitted on lap 6, and me and Vettel came out of our boxes in time to avoid an enormous traffic jam: a queue of cars lined up behind us in the pit lane. One lap later I was back in second place, despite Webber setting the fastest time; however, it was Maldonado who led. I saw that Alonso had begun lapping at least five seconds slower for three laps before stopping, and was held up in the pit lane, dropping down to around 13th place. Maldonado stopped and I led the two Red Bulls, while Rosberg had also started dropping down. While Alonso fell down to 20th, Hamilton climbed to reach us fighting trio at the end of the race: as I lapped consistently in the high 1:40s or in the low 1:41s, I kept my lead while Hamilton overtook Webber for the podium place behind Vettel. This means Alonso has dropped to 4th in the drivers’ standings.

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    Race 17: Abu Dhabi
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 1st

    I went from being quickest by 6 tenths in FP to being 1.1s slower than Vettel in Q3. I qualified 6th, and ahead of me on the grid, on my same column were Alonso, on row 1, and Hamilton between us. I had a good start, overtook Vettel at turn 2 and Alonso at the hairpin. I handled the lead well but I had to anticipate my stop for excessive tyre degradation to lap 5. I pushed hard in the following lap but Vettel came out ahead of me. Sutil, though, held him up at the hairpin and, after obtaining DRS, I passed both at the hairpin. I had skidded out of track when I passed Sutil, though, so I had to give him the position back in the acceleration zone. I lost some time but re-passed the Force India with DRS and KERS, and continued that lap knowing Webber was likely going to get past me as well. He was closer than Vettel was, though, and again I took DRS and overtook him before the activation zone. I only resisted a few laps before I had to lower my pace to handle my tyres, visibly losing traction. Luckily there was battle behind me as I’d slowed down the field, and at times it proved crucial, especially on the last lap when Grosjean and Raikkonen made it to the podium at the expense of Hamilton and gave me a safety margin in the second DRS zone. I held my lead through the tight third sector and took a 5th win of the season when I’d stopped hoping for them and though I’d have to defend my championship lead till the last round. Instead, despite Alonso’s 11th place, we took both titles after this race, and I renewed my contract with Maranello.

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    Race 16: India
    Qualifying: 12th – Race: 3rd

    Free practice wasn’t encouraging and despite being 6th in Q1 I was 12th in Q2; Alonso took pole from Rosberg, Vettel and Hamilton. I recovered to 3rd at turn 3, behind Alonso and Vettel and ahead of Hamilton. I soon notice, though, that my option tyres wouldn’t have made it till the planned pit stop, but I decided that an extra lap in my second stint was feasible as I’d seen in practice that the prime compound could last ten laps. I stopped on lap 6 and despite two imperfect laps I was 4th when Webber and Hamilton pitted two laps later. I was in Webber’s tow, got DRS and overtook him into braking for turn 3. Button got past as well and held the pair up for a couple of laps. I set my personal best time on lap 9 but then it became a five-way fight for 3rd place: I held back Webber, Button and the two Mercedes. Uncountable swaps of positions later I was still ahead, when I realised tyre degradation was worse than planned. I slowed, perhaps excessively, on lap 13, and went a bit faster in the final two laps, still driving much more smoothly than I had previously done. I often had to counter-attack going into turn 4, at times with three cars alongside me using DRS, but I did not let the podium slip away from me and I finished 3rd, ages after Alonso and Vettel had crossed the line. I held Hamilton behind me and Fernando is now very close to him in the championship.

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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 8th

    I was first in practice, but only 6th, 9th and 10th in each section of qualifying respectively, while Vettel beat Alonso and the two Mercedes to pole. I rose to 2nd on the first lap by overtaking Rosberg before going under the bridge, but Vettel had enough margin at Spoon Kurve to avoid my attack and run away. I noticed halfway-through my stint that my tyres should already have been replaced, so rather than trying to extend my second stint by a lap I was forced to take the difficult decision of converting to a 3-stop strategy. I stopped on lap 4 and put on another set of mediums. I was 13th and overtook two cars to become 11th before the others served their mandatory stop too. I was 3rd for a lap behind Alonso, who had overtaken me off track, and ahead of Hamilton. I stopped again on lap 8 and put on hard tyres, coming out 11th behind Ricciardo. I passed him on that lap, two laps later I caught and overtook Sutil and on the final lap I overtook di Resta to finish 8th after what could probably have been my best performance ever. Despite an extra stop I was in contention for points and despite pitting two laps earlier than Alonso I lost only a couple of seconds to him. However, my eleven-race podium streak came to an end; this is also only the second time, since I joined Ferrari, I have scored points but not stepped on the podium. Vettel won but Hamilton was only 5th, limiting his points gain to 6 in this round, while Vettel has passed Webber in the championship.

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    Race 14: South Korea
    Qualifying: 13th – Race: 2nd
    I could only manage 13th in Q2 as rain affected my second run, while Vettel took pole from Hamilton and Alonso. I had a good run on the outside of turns 1 and 2 and combined with a good tow down the straight I got up to 2nd place by overtaking Hamilton at turn 3. Vettel ran away, though I lapped only a second slower than him, and the drivers behind me didn’t form a train. Rosberg knocked Alonso into a spin at turn 3 on the fourth lap. I pitted on lap 5 and forced Vettel to stay stationary for some more time as Rosberg and other drivers stopped too. Hulkenberg was fractionally late and allowed Vettel to leave while I waited for him to go by, meaning I had cut on Vettel’s lead but not enough to attack him. He was caught in traffic but Alonso was barely going to hold him behind and Ricciardo wasn’t slow enough, and both pitted anyhow at the end of the lap. Rosberg was delayed by Bottas and messed up as he was then overtaken by Webber. I kept him behind quite easily till the end, and after sandwiching between the two Mercedes in Singapore I did so between the two Red Bulls in Korea. Raikkonen did not score points for the first time this year after a crash but Alonso recovered to 6th; Hamilton was 10th after recovering through the field.

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    Race 13: Singapore
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 2nd

    In practice I had to run five laps starting with a fuel load of 56 laps, meaning I was last by 2 seconds, but with 40 laps’ worth of fuel less I was 10th, 2 seconds off Hamilton which I selected as my rival going into the weekend. Qualifying was the first dry session of the weekend and I confirmed my fears that I lacked grip and traction out of corners. 11th in Q1, 7th in Q2, as I found more confidence on the super softs, set me up for Q3. A good first lap put me 6th, and I cut a corner on my second attempt and had to give up. Alonso set pole ahead of Vettel and Hamilton. At the start I successfully tried a crazy move, squeezing through Hamilton on the right and Vettel on the left, with only a few inches of space more than my car’s width. I took the lead and pitted on lap 5, but Hamilton had done so one lap earlier and leapfrogged me. Alonso and the others who waited one more lap stayed behind. It started raining towards lap 8, but I waited to see if the situation got bad enough to have to switch tyres. On lap 11 I became the first one to put intermediates on, excluding Vettel who had pitted for a new front wing one lap earlier. Hamilton and the others followed on lap 12 and I recovered to be 3 seconds from Hamilton instead of the 13 I had before stopping. Perhaps had my crew not replaced my slightly damaged front wing I could’ve made it back to the lead, but anyhow Hamilton ran away again and I managed my gap on Rosberg to finish 2nd.

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    Just for fun, I don’t buy these claims…

    Mercedes: Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas
    Red Bull: Ricciardo, Vettel, Vergne
    Williams: Massa, Nasr, Wolff
    Ferrari: Alonso, Raikkonen, Calado
    McLaren: Button, Magnussen, Vandoorne
    Force India: Hulkenberg, Perez, Bianchi
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat, Sainz Jr., Verstappen
    Marussia: Chilton, Marciello, Cecotto Jr.

    #274257
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    Just for fun…

    Mercedes: Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas
    Red Bull: Ricciardo, Vettel, Vergne
    Williams: Massa, Nasr, Grosjean
    Ferrari: Alonso, Raikkonen, Calado
    McLaren: Button, Magnussen, Vandoorne
    Force India: Hulkenberg, Perez, Bianchi
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat, Sainz Jr., Verstappen
    Marussia: Chilton, Marciello, Cecotto Jr.

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