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Alonso: Top of the pile in more ways than one
The obvious No. 1, Alonso has made the most of almost every opportunity that’s come his way this season.
This year’s Ferrari, the F2012, looked difficult to drive in testing and was around 1.5 seconds off the qualifying for Round 1 in Australia, yet coming away from the second race in Malaysia, Alonso was leading the championship after a determined wet-weather win.
He’s barely let the lead go since.
Further wins in Valencia and Hockenheim have seen him take a comfortable 40-point lead into the break, with only the failed one-stop strategy in Montreal an example of any major points having been relinquished. A small error whilst chasing the Williams in China is the only mistake of note attributable to the Spaniard himself, who has otherwise driven flawlessly, and his bold overtakes on Webber and Grosjean at Turn 2 in Valencia were worthy of a champion.
Will he be able to maintain the lead? That all depends on Ferrari’s rate of development.
Going into the break, they had lost some ground on their competitors, and if the status quo remains, he will struggle to hold on. But so far, Ferrari have developed at an impressive rate in 2012, and if the car is there, Alonso will surely take a memorable third world championship.