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GP Week : Issue 163
26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Fernando Alonso produced another sublime performance at the weekend to clock up his third victory of the 2012 season, extending his world championship lead to a healthy 34 points ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Spaniard was the class of the field during Saturday’s washed-out qualifying session and never looked under serious threat during the Grand Prix itself, despite only twice holding a lead of over three seconds – during the final two laps. Speaking after the race, Alonso said the Ferrari hadn’t been the quickest car in the dry, but was just competitive enough to stay in front. “It was tough, definitely! It wasn’t an easy race because maybe we were not the quickest in dry conditions. But we were quite competitive, enough to maintain the lead. Also there were some good calls by the team in terms of strategy,” said Alonso. in the first stop and then obviously in the second stop when Jenson pitted, we had to react, Sebastian and me, and up to that point I knew it was a long race, 27 laps to the end with Jenson putting a lot of pressure. “The car was feeling good [in the final stint], feeling good on traction and top speed, so it was enough to keep the lead into Turn Six. And then after that it is not possible to overtake in the last sector, so you try to control the tyres and, a little bit the race.” Alonso’s 34-point lead is the largest we have seen so far this year, and is also larger than any lead a driver had during the 2010 season. The last time a driver with a similar lead in the championship failed to clinch the title was during 2007, when Hamilton had a 14-point lead after the French Grand Prix, but squandered his advantage in the final two races of the year. ALONSO WIN OPENS POINTS GAP TO 34 F1 >>> HOCKENHEIM