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GP Week : Issue 193
As two men with very little to lose, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa experienced an Indian Grand Prix filled with contrasts. While Alonso may have failed in his quest to delay sebastian Vettel’s coronation as a four-time world champion, it was Massa who kept Ferrari’s hopes of a second-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship alive with a gutsy drive to fourth place. Once again it was Massa who had the edge over Alonso in qualifying; a regular theme since Ferrari handed the Brazilian his P45 and announced Kimi Raikkonen as his replacement next year. With this in mind, one wouldn’t begrudge Massa from indulging in a wry smile as he breezed past a flustered Raikkonen during the later stages of the Indian Grand Prix. With the Lotus driver on ageing soft tyres, the Finn became easy prey for teammate Romain Grosjean, but engaged in a senseless battle for third place that merely allowed Massa to close on the Lotus pair, potentially handing the Ferrari driver a dream podium finish. That Massa was even in a position to challenge so late in the race was entirely his own doing, testament to an impressive fifth place grid slot that came of defying his engineers on tyre strategy and pulling off what the team had deemed to be impossible. Massa made the most of his soft rubber, jumping a sluggish Mark Webber and both Mercedes drivers to slot into second at the race start. When Vettel pitted at the end of the second lap, Massa led the grand prix for six laps; he then ran his final stint from lap 31 on the medium compound. The disparity between Massa’s fortunes and Alonso’s could not have been greater, with the Spanish racer spending most of his time squabbling over midfield positions and unable to make an impression on Daniel Ricciardo during the closing stages. After making three stops – the first for a new front wing after contact with Webber’s rear tyre – Alonso soon began to complain of a right-to-left steering anomaly from a bent track rod, a legacy of his wheel- banging altercation with Raikkonen into Turn One. “[The track rod] was damaged in the front because the steering was very heavy in the right corners and very light to the left,” explained Alonso. “The race was uphill from that moment as we were last with one stop already done.” Despite Vettel now doubling Alonso’s own world championship tally, the Ferrari driver was magnanimous in defeat, using Red Bull’s achievements as a yardstick to build upon for his 2014 assault. “I congratulate him,” Alonso said. “They’ve been very strong, very dominant, especially in the second half of the season, so they deserve to be champions. We need to start thinking for next year and try to make things more difficult for him Vettel.” Mercedes now hold a slender four point advantage over Ferrari in the constructors’ standings, an advantage that – unlike Vettel’s – Alonso hopes to eat into over the final three rounds. “I think overall the weekend was not good enough and in Abu Dhabi we have to improve if we want to pass Mercedes in the constructors' championship,” he said. Felipe flips Ferrari fortunes 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> INDIA