November 4th, 2012 (F1plus).- Yes, it is true. All that big effort from Fernando Alonso, the man with the golden opportunity this Sunday, and a three point margin reduction was the only he could get.
In any context, second place in a Formula 1 Grand Prix is an achievement, but in the case of Alonso finish position, it leaves the feeling of a 'lost chance'.
The news of Sebastian Vettel having to start from the back because of a penalty for not returning to pits after qualifying, set the table for Alonso, who then got promoted to sixth on the grid, a very good opportunity to shorten the gap and maybe if all the starts and planet aligned themselves, take the lead in the championship.
But again, Sebastian Vettel had a different plan, and raced like the champion that he is and climbed up to the podium in third, which meant he had improved 21 positions from his start position and that Alonso was able to get closer only by three points.
“I’m happy with the way this weekend turned out. It’s true that with Sebastian last, there was an opportunity to reduce the gap more significantly but it’s equally true that our performance and our grid position could have seen us lose points in this Grand Prix. I repeat, they have the quicker car, we have the better team." The no-nonsense Alonso said.
The Spaniard shows a lot of confidence in his team, which seems to be working harder than everyone. This weekend they broke the 'curfew' twice to work on the car.
"Everyone fights with the weapons they have at their disposal: we will not manage to turn our car into the quickest of the pack with a wave of a magic wand, but we will counter their performance with the perfection of our team. The simulation put us somewhere between fourth and sixth and we finished second, therefore once again this was a more than perfect race, running at the maximum from start to finish.
"Sure, there were a number of unexpected retirements and two neutralization periods that did not really come at the right time or suit us, but these are things beyond our control." Alonso said summarizing the race for him.
"Tonight I will go to sleep thinking the glass is half full rather than half empty. We must be proud of what we have done, the work of the mechanics at the track and the engineers who tried to fine-tune the car.
.... The best race of the year? It’s still to come...” Said an optimistic Alonso.