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GP Week : Issue 174
26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Fernando Alonso is satisfied with what he and his Ferrari team achieved in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having closed the gap to Sebastian Vettel in the standings with two races remaining. With his main title rival Vettel starting from the pits after being disqualified from qualifying, it was perhaps the perfect opportunity for Alonso to salvage the championship lead he held for so long. Well aware of what was required to displace Vettel from the top of the standings, the Spaniard used his Ferrari’s supreme straight-line speed to make a bold overtake around the outside of Mark Webber’s Red Bull on lap two, passing Pastor Maldonado’s Williams soon after and going in pursuit of race leader Kimi Raikkonen. Remarkably, Vettel achieved the impossible, performing an incredible feat of damage limitation by crossing the finish line in third place and within sight of his chief title foe, but Alonso is content with how the weekend panned out; second place means he has narrowed the deficit to Vettel by three points. “I’m happy with the way this weekend turned out,” said Alonso. “It’s true that with Sebastian last, there was an opportunity to reduce the gap more significantly but it’s equally true that our performance and our grid position could have seen us lose points in this grand prix. “This was a more than perfect race, running at the maximum from start to finish. Sure, there were a number of unexpected retirements and two neutralisation periods that did not really come at the right time or suit us, but these are things beyond our control. We just had to stay focused on our race and that’s what we did. Tonight I will go to sleep thinking the glass is half full rather than half empty.” ALONSO’S GLASS 'HALF FULL’ AFTER ABU DHABI THRILLER F1 >>> U.A.E