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GP Week : Issue 173
F1 >>> INDIA 22 GPWEEK.com // 22 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: would have got me.” Were it not for Webber’s KERS problems, Red Bull would have had little trouble turning their 1-2 start into a 1-2 finish. But with Fernando Alonso driving as though his life – and not his championship chances – depended on it, the ailing Webber fell victim to the Ferrari driver’s seemingly faultless performance before narrowly avoiding being overtaken by a charging Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps. It was a difficult day for the Woking racers, who failed to display their predicted race pace. Hamilton was overtaken by Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button off the start, and while he was able to reclaim the position lost to Button very early on in the race, Alonso was an entirely different kettle of fish. By lap 15 it was clear to anyone watching that neither Button nor Hamilton were in with a hope of making much of an impact on the Red Bulls or Alonso. “I don’t yet understand why I got such a poor start – it lost me ground and then I fell under attack from the guys behind,” Hamilton admitted after the race. “During the first lap, I was primarily focusing on not colliding with Jenson, then I saw Fernando in my right mirror. He was towing me from very far back. Even if I’d had a better start than I did, the guys in front were still maybe a bit too fast, particularly in the first stint.” The Spanish racer was on a charge from beginning to end, lapping faster than the Red Bulls in the opening phase of the Indian Grand Prix, and taking advantage of the ailing Webber to claim a second place with a ballsy manoeuvre into Turn 4 with 12 laps remaining, and doing his best to cut down Vettel’s unassailable lead. While Alonso was on fire in India, the same cannot be said for Felipe Massa. The Brazilian driver put in a commendable performance that kept