by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 176
FERRARI SABOTAGES THEIR OWN CAR TO GET ALONSO ON THE PODIUM 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Ferrari were accused of a cold-hearted and cynical tactic in Austin to bump Fernando Alonso up the order, but ultimately it paid off. Alonso had been outclassed in qualifying by team-mate Felipe Massa, who stuck his Ferrari on P7, with Alonso the row behind. The Spaniard was faced with the dirty side of the grid which, he predicted, could cost him multiple places at the start. With it essential that Alonso keep championship rival and pole sitter Sebastian Vettel within his sights, the Scuderia elected to break the seal on Massa’s gearbox, incurring the Brazilian a five place grid penalty. Moving up a spot to P7, Alonso was able to start on the clean side and get great traction off the line, putting him in fourth place through Turn 1. “We always qualify around seventh or eighth and we finish the first lap in the first three or four positions normally and then after that the race becomes a little easier,” said Alonso. Thanks to Mark Webber’s retirement with alternator failure, Alonso was able to take his 12th podium of the season. He is 13 points shy of Vettel going into the final race. In the press conference, Alonso looked distant as he came to terms with the size of the gap and the fact he is almost certainly dependent on Vettel making a mistake or Red Bull suffering another failure if he’s to get his hands on the crown. Nevertheless, he put a brave face on it: “We will try to go to Brazil with the possibility to fight for the world championship. Only Sebastian is in a better position than us but we should be proud of ourselves so try to enjoy the Brazil race and do our best, fight all the race and see what is the outcome at the end. “I think this podium, after all the difficulties we went through this weekend is like a victory for us. Losing three points maybe was in no-one’s thoughts I think yesterday night or Friday night after seeing the practice, so we are really happy again to have a very good Sunday and score again good points.” The Ferrari was once again outclassed by Red Bull and McLaren, and the team didn’t make it any easier for Fernando when they struggled to remove the right rear wheel during his Lap 21 tyre stop, costing a delay of a few seconds, but ultimately not affecting the result. The faster Ferrari driver on the day was Massa, who recovered brilliantly from his 11th place grid slot to finish right behind his team-mate: “For me, this result feels a bit like a win,” beamed Felipe. “[It was] definitely the best race of my season. This morning, when I was told I was dropping five places, I can’t say I was jumping for joy, but I accepted it to help my team and my team-mate. I don’t think many drivers would have done the same. Maybe I could have finished ahead of Fernando, but I’m well aware of the championship situation.” F1 >>> UNITED STATES