Alonso, P5, & Spain – Let’s Make A Little History Shall We.
Now that the everyone has thrown in their two cents, five cents and in the case of experts, pundits and crazy bloggers like my self, our 50 cents, about pirelli, the tires and everything else in the wake of the the last race (at least for now) I thought I would say a few words about Fernando Alonso.
Before the tires took the conversation hostage post Spain, this was supposed to be a big post about what a great driver Alonso is, how this might be the year that it [finally] all comes together and how Alonso will [finally] enter into the elite group of 3x World Champions. How his gutsy pass to move around Kimi and Lewis on the outside of turn three was nothing less than super human when it comes to driving a F1 race car. How no matter what you think of the tires or the roll they played, Alonso was driving on a different planet at his home Grand Prix. Etc. etc. etc.
However, it occurs to me, as I go on with great bias about the driver that most team principals voted, the most complete, also a euphemism for the best, 2 out of 3 years according to the Autosport survey, that instead you might more enjoy it coming from not me, but yourselves.
Here is a sampling of comments from James Allen’s website, which I have stated many times is simply second to none for a complete picture of and insight about F1. Not to mention, his followers are highly informed and intelligent. Mr. Allen has a post after each race in which he presents a group of drivers from the race, and he asks, you, me, us, who we thought was the driver of the day based on their performance in regards to their car’s capabilities and their starting position. This is not always predicated on who won the race, however on many occasions the two end up being the same.
The winner of the Spanish GP was Fernando Alonso driving for the Scuderia Ferrari and Driver of the Day was also Fernando Alonso. Here is what you said:
(I hope this is legal, otherwise I suppose I will be receiving a cease and desist order in my gmail account lol.)
Posted By: Flash Bristow
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 1:32 am
How can driver of the day go to anyone but Alonso? Coming from 5th to win on a circuit which is usually won from the front row, including an early final stop to deal with a puncture? He drove impeccably, including those first lap overtakes, and deserves the credit.
Massa and Kimi did well too, and so did Gutierrez to some extent. But this was Alonso’s day.
Posted By: Alistair McDonald
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 1:29 am
Alonso was faultless and deserves the DotD title.
Posted By: Andrew H
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 1:52 am
Alonso easily wins the accolade!
He seemed like the only driver racing & really showed his skill & brains. It seemed like everyone else just went into single file ‘tyre saving’ right after Turn 1. Alonso was like ‘we are still racing guys…..lol’
Alonso’s start was beautiful to watch, he was thinking a corner ahead of everyone else. The way he set up for Turn 3 at Turn 2 was masterful.
Posted By: Mitchell
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 2:07 am
It can’t be anyone other than Alonso. He made a fantastic start overtaking Raikkonen and Hamilton on the first lap, then outpaced the rest of the field. Honorable mention to Raikkonen for his performance on a 3 stop strategy as well.
Posted By: Matt
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 2:28 am
Fernando Alonso is by far the driver of the day. Not only is it the first time in the history of the Spanish Grand Prix that a driver has won the race from as far back as 5th on the grid, but his over-taking moves on Raikkonen, Hamilton, and Rosberg were just spectacular.
I’m extremely fond of this one:
Posted By: Yak
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 2:51 am
As much as I don’t particularly like him, I guess Alonso. He made the moves that he had to early on, they got the strategy right with the undercut to take Vettel, and then quickly got Rosberg out of the way to cruise to the end in clean air.
Posted By: clyde
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 3:33 am
Definitely Alonso, His commitment into turn three on Raikkonen and Hamilton was Senna-esque in nature and reminded me of Donnington 1993 ……Breathtaking stuff
Posted By: ric_z
Date: May 13th, 2013 @ 5:26 am
Alonso, without a doubt. The only driver yesterday that made my jaw drop. A double-overtake around the outside is not something you see every day.
Let’s finish up with one from Mr. Allen himself:
James Allen Reply: May 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Alonso was on a different level.
Kimi brilliant, but if we are being objective, he again lost the initiative at the start
Nice to see Massa on the podium again, from 9th on the grid. So maybe him, to be different!
Of course there were several comments that did not choose Alonso as the DOTD, and that is to be expected. We all have a different criteria that we use to determine who and what is exceptional. I did not actually take a count of how many comments were for each of the drivers that Mr. Allen picked for his followers review, but it seemed pretty clear to me that Fernando was the over all winner. This is now the second time Fernando has won his home GP, the first was back in 2006 with Renault, and if you take into consideration his dramatic and emotional win last year in Valencia, that makes 3 wins on Spanish soil. Quite an achievement.
Five races in the books. Vettel and Alonso have now recorded two wins a piece and Kimi one. Next up is Monaco and according to Alonso the boys over at Mercedes will have the edge. Nico and Lewis could again lock out the front row and passing is almost non existent around the streets of the little fishing village on the coast of the Mediterranean. But then again that was the case back in Spain with people saying, no one has ever won from other than positions one, two, or three on the grid and well, we all know how that turned out. So I think we could see Ferrari end a 12 year drought at F1’s most famous circuit and Alonso claim his third win with as many teams at the principality.
I leave you with a quote from the man himself, “I remember in 2011 we were lapped here [in Spain] by the McLarens and Red Bull, and we arrived in Monaco and we nearly won the race – we finished second behind Sebastian [Vettel]. “We were fighting for victory so I don’t see any reason – with this car which is also competitive everywhere – not to fight for top positions in Monaco.”
-jp- (and I love bucking history)