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GP Week : Issue 161
Victory may have eluded him on Sunday, but Fernando Alonso’s championship challenge went from strength to strength on Sunday in Silverstone after another highly competitive drive just fell short of the top step of the podium at the final hurdle. It was the third race in succession that the Spaniard had fought for the win, as Ferrari’s F2012 continued to show improvements after their dismal start to the year. After taking an awe-inspiring pole position on Saturday, Alonso’s decision to start on the hard tyre allowed him to open a five-second gap to second-placed Mark Webber, but when he switched to the soft tyre for the final stint he was unable to resist the Australian’s challenge, eventually caving in the DRS zone on lap 48. “The victory was quite close today the victory,” began Alonso. “At the end in the last stint Mark was much quicker than us, and he deserved the win, so I congratulate him and congratulate the Red Bull team. “But I’m very proud of the Ferrari recovery in the last few weeks and now we are fighting for the victory in the last three or four grands prix.” Although the result reduces his championship lead by seven points to 13, he has extended his advantage over fellow world champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the standings. He said the weekend had been “fantastic” . “As long as I’m leading, I’m more happy than worried,” he continued. “If Mark was leading the championship, I would be worried about losing another seven points, but at the moment, the weekend in general has been fantastic for us. “We are again bringing home more points than we probably expected, because when we arrived on Thursday, if someone had told us that we would leave on Sunday with 18 points again, I think we would have been very happy.” ALONSO LOSES OUT ON VICTORY, BUT PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN IN CONTENTION AGAIN F1 >>> SILVERSTONE 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: