Alonso suffers another first lap shocker as title bid starts to slip away
7 October, 2012
Oct.7 (GMM) Fernando Alonso’s championship lead took a massive hit at Suzuka on Sunday, after the Spaniard spun into retirement at the first corner of the Japanese GP when the left rear tyre on his Ferrari punctured after it was tagged by the front wing of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.
The fact that his main championship rival Sebastian Vettel went on to dominate the grand prix was therefore the worst-possible news for the Ferrari driver, who was lucky not to be connected by the oncoming pack after his spin.
“I’m very sad for him,” Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali told British broadcaster Sky.
Alonso’s championship lead is therefore slashed from 29 points to just 4 with five races to go.
“Five great races coming!” Alonso, never one to dwell on the negative, announced on Twitter after his retirement from the race. “If the enemy thinks in the mountains, attack by sea, if they think in the sea, attack by the mountains.”
Vettel dominated at Suzuka, amid reports in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that his Red Bull has been boosted this weekend by the addition of a new ‘double DRS’-style rear wing.
“It means Red Bull can run more downforce to make the car faster in the corners without the consequent penalty on the straights,” explained BBC technical expert Gary Anderson.
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