Fantastic Fernando wins as McLaren slip up

26 Mar

Double world champion Fernando Alonso returned to the top of the world championship standings for the first time since the Brazilian grand prix in 2010, after an error-free race gave him a much needed win. In a second rate car Alonso led Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton over the line to claim his first win in 11 races. British star Lewis Hamilton took his second pole position in 2 races to lead a McLaren front row with teammate Jenson Button starting 2nd.

 

The race started with a bang as thunder echoed around the track and only 8 laps in a red flag was shown to stop the race, after Michael Schumacher and Romain Grosjean spun off. Had the race stopped at this point HRT would have picked up their first points as driver Narain Karthikeyan was running 10th. There were some other surprises at this point as Jean-Eric Vergne was running in 6th.

 

After a pause of 50 minutes the race was restarted (albeit behind the safety car) and as soon as the safety car period stopped the action was everywhere. Button stopped to pit only to come out and pit again after crashing into Karthikeyan and a slow pit stop left Hamilton running behind Alonso, before Perez got past with an ingenious pit stop strategy to take second, and had he not been unlucky he could have won the race (he had a slightly mistimed pit stop and fluffed an opportunity to overtake Alonso later on).

 

This race has furthered the question of whether Felipe Massa can still cut it at Ferrari and this must strengthen the calls for Sergio Perez to replace him which wouldn’t be a surprise as Sergio is a member of the Ferrari drivers’ academy and his team Sauber use Ferrari engines. The final Brit, Scotsman Paul Di Resta, came from 14th on the grid to finish above his teammate taking 7th place.

 

After the race Narain Karthikeyan who was crashed into by both Button and Vettel got a penalty for being crashed into by the two world champions, it’s a funny old world eh?

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