Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
The streak of different winners at every different race ended on the street circuit of Valencia for the European Grand Prix.
For the first time in the history of Formula One, the first seven races of the season were won by seven different drivers, from five different teams.
The driver to end that sequence of events was Fernando Alonso and Ferrari, who took their second win of the season and take the lead in the Formula One World Championship.
But on Saturday evening that result wouldn't have been expected by Ferrari.
After fairly decent Friday practice sessions which had Alonso 0.175s behind Maldonado in FP1 and 0.399s behind Vettel in FP2, on Saturday things took a turn for the worst for Ferrari.
Alonso found himself 0.833s behind Button in FP3 which had placed him 12th and while in qualifying that gap in regards to time was closed, in terms of position things didn't improve and in a similar situation to Michael Schumacher, Alonso's time of 1m38.707s was not good enough to get him through to the pole position shoot-out with the Ferrari's time missing out by just 0.004 seconds!
ďWhen you donít qualify for Q3, itís obviously very sad and thereís no point hiding the fact. This result is a cold shower, because our expectations were high and the carís potential has also increased, to the extent that in Q2, we were only three tenths off the best. Itís easy to say now that with two runs on Softs in Q2 we would have made the cut, but maybe now we would be here lamenting the fact that we did not have two for Q3: itís always easy to judge things after the fact. However, we were not quick enough to be in the top ten in the second part of qualifying and now the race will naturally be tougher. the double World Champion told formula1.com after qualifying.
Clearly down after hoping to impress his home fans in Spain, Alonso wrote off his chances of a good result during the race and also thought that the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton would extend his lead in the Drivers World Championship.
The podium is out of reach and clearly, with Hamilton on the front row, itís easy to expect that we will lose ground to him.'
However lady luck was on Alonso's side.
A safety car brought the Ferrari back into play, not only so he could steal second place from the Lotus of Grosjean, but the laps behind the safety car also appeared to have some effect on Vettel's Red Bull and his retirement meant that Alonso inherited the lead of the race.
When Grosjean's Lotus also gave up while chasing the Spaniard and Hamilton's tyres gave up, it was clear that everything was on Alonso's side this weekend.
ďThis has been an unforgettable day for me and I canít find the right words to express my feelings! Winning in my country is an indescribable emotion: I still remember the victory in Barcelona in 2006 and winning today in Valencia with this fantastic team, is amazing
He continued: At the start, it was not easy to make up places and I tried to delay the braking to the maximum at Turn 4, staying on the outside. Then I started to fight my way up and, after the Safety Car, I began to think a podium could be possible. Then I attacked Grosjean and managed to pass him, although I was worried that I might have sustained some damage when we touched. After two or three corners I realised everything was alright and I relaxed. When I went into the lead after Vettel retired, we were all hoping the tyres would last to the end. I was always talking to my engineer who told me I was running the same pace as those following me: in the end, there was not much left, but unlike Canada, the others were in the same situation. It was emotional being on the podium with Andrea Stella, because he has also worked with Michael and Kimi: he could celebrate in the best way possible a totally unexpected win, given our grid position.
Alonso now holds a 20 point lead at the top of the F1 World Championship with 111 points.
In second place is the Red Bull of Mark Webber, with Lewis Hamilton dropping down to third following this retirement.
Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
Honda concentrating on McLaren partnership (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Red Bull play down driver row (Tuesday April 22 2014)
McLaren & Red Bull row over Fallows (Tuesday April 22 2014)
Luca MontezemoloĖ more to him than you might think (Monday April 21 2014)
2014 - China - Race (Sunday April 20 2014)
Blog: Chinese GP Report (Sunday April 20 2014)
Blog: Shanghai Qualifying (Saturday April 19 2014)
2014 - China - Qualifying (Saturday April 19 2014)
2014 - China - FP3 (Saturday April 19 2014)
2014 - China - FP2 (Friday April 18 2014)
2014 - China - FP1 (Friday April 18 2014)
Hamilton working hard to catch Rosberg (Thursday April 17 2014)
Hass might join F1 grid in 2016 (Wednesday April 16 2014)
Red Bull lose appeal (Wednesday April 16 2014)
Brawn to return to Ferrari? (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Domenicali quits (Monday April 14 2014)
NASCAR owner confirms Formula 1 entry (Monday April 14 2014)
Red Bull appeal begins (Monday April 14 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 4 (Sunday April 13 2014)
Who will win the Chinese GP? (Sunday April 13 2014)
Mercedes hit out at Ferrari (Saturday April 12 2014)
Perez nearly quit F1 (Friday April 11 2014)
Mercedes stay on top in Bahrain (Thursday April 10 2014)
Red Bull & McLaren in legal row (Thursday April 10 2014)
Blog: The Battle of Mercedes (Thursday April 10 2014)
Mercedes on top in first test (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Formula One should celebrate new era (Wednesday April 9 2014)
F1 cost cap plan abandoned (Tuesday April 8 2014)
Two new teams to join Formula One? (Tuesday April 8 2014)
Maldonado punished (Monday April 7 2014)
Formula One puts on a showcase (Monday April 7 2014)
Blog: Bahrain GP Report (Monday April 7 2014)
2014 - Bahrain - Race (Sunday April 6 2014)
Blog: Sakhir Qualifying (Saturday April 5 2014)
2014 - Bahrain - Qualifying (Saturday April 5 2014)
2014 - Bahrain - FP3 (Saturday April 5 2014)
2014 - Bahrain - FP2 (Friday April 4 2014)
2014 - Bahrain - FP1 (Friday April 4 2014)
Cautious optimism for Schumacher (Friday April 4 2014)
Williams resolve team orders row (Friday April 4 2014)
Hamilton & Rosberg on par (Thursday April 3 2014)
Sauber have identified their issues (Thursday April 3 2014)
Sauber & Caterham make driver changes (Wednesday April 2 2014)
Alonso finds the positives (Tuesday April 1 2014)
Fuel-gate rumbles on (Tuesday April 1 2014)
Red Bull are closing the gap (Tuesday April 1 2014)
Massa defiant after ignoring team call (Tuesday April 1 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 3 (Monday March 31 2014)
Who will win the Bahrain GP? (Monday March 31 2014)
Hamilton dominant in Malaysia [w/VIDEO] (Monday March 31 2014)
Blog: Malaysian GP Report (Sunday March 30 2014)
2014 - Malaysia - Race (Sunday March 30 2014)
Blog: Sepang Qualifying (Saturday March 29 2014)
2014 - Malaysia - Qualifying (Saturday March 29 2014)
2014 - Malaysia - FP3 (Saturday March 29 2014)
2014 - Malaysia - FP2 (Friday March 28 2014)
2014 - Malaysia - FP1 (Friday March 28 2014)
Lotus trying to put two and two together (Thursday March 27 2014)
Sutil unhappy with weight issues (Thursday March 27 2014)
Video Feature: Malaysia Preview (Wednesday March 26 2014)
McLaren pushing hard (Wednesday March 26 2014)
Red Bull owner slams F1 (Tuesday March 25 2014)
Lotus hoping for improvement (Monday March 24 2014)
Date set for Red Bull's appeal (Monday March 24 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 2 (Sunday March 23 2014)
Who will win in Malaysia? (Saturday March 22 2014)
Red Bull looking to improve (Friday March 21 2014)
Kimi points finger at brake-by-wire system (Thursday March 20 2014)
F1's new sound (Thursday March 20 2014)
Williams delighted with Bottas drive (Wednesday March 19 2014)
Lotus problems down to MGU-K component (Wednesday March 19 2014)
Ferrari unhappy with Australia performance (Tuesday March 18 2014)
Perfect debut for Magnussen (Tuesday March 18 2014)
Disappointing weekend for Red Bull (Monday March 17 2014)
Bittersweet weekend for Mercedes (Monday March 17 2014)
F1 Blog: Australian GP: New dawn (Sunday March 16 2014)
2014 - Australia - Race (Sunday March 16 2014)
2014 - Australia - Qualifying (Saturday March 15 2014)
F1 Blog: Rain clouds have a silver lining (Saturday March 15 2014)
2014 - Australia - FP3 (Saturday March 15 2014)
Rd 1 - F1 Fans Forum Prediction Competition (Friday March 14 2014)
2014 - Australia - FP2 (Friday March 14 2014)
2014 - Australia - FP1 (Friday March 14 2014)
Stewards to be lenient in Australia (Thursday March 13 2014)
Chilton targets maiden point (Thursday March 13 2014)
Video: A closer look at Red Bull's RB10 (Thursday March 13 2014)
Video: Ferrari's internal battle (Thursday March 13 2014)
Small and encouraging signs for Schumacher (Wednesday March 12 2014)
F1 Blog: The Braces Are Off (Wednesday March 12 2014)
Lotus depending on Renault improvements (Wednesday March 12 2014)
Mercedes & Hamilton favourites say Horner (Wednesday March 12 2014)
Who will win the Australian Grand Prix? (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Williams positive ahead of new season (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Ecclestone targets Azerbaijan (Tuesday March 11 2014)
No change for Schumacher (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Qualifying tweaks confirmed (Monday March 10 2014)
F1 Prediction Competition - Round One (Saturday March 8 2014)
Lotus will recover (Saturday March 8 2014)
Ferrari behind Mercedes & Williams (Friday March 7 2014)
Pirelli announce tyre compounds for opening races (Friday March 7 2014)
|7.||Push The Button||426|