Date:Monday November 19 2012
Fernando Alonso did all he could in the inaugural Texas US Grand Prix to keep the Formula One championship battle alive until the final race of the season.
Once again, as has been for the majority of races this season his Ferrari just didn't have the out and out pace to compete for the race victory in America.
This was highlighted throughout practice and qualifying when the Spaniard, who now sits second in the standings after leading the majority of the season, couldn't get near the pace of Red Bull.
On a very green and dusty circuit, Alonso was over two seconds slower than Vettel in FP1, Vettel still held seven tenths advantage at the end of Friday's running in FP2.
On Saturday that advantage remained static throughout FP3, whilst in qualifying the gap was back up to nearly two seconds with Alonso qualifying in ninth place.
“We never managed to put together the best lap, which on these tyres and with these track conditions is always the last one you do. We knew it would be a complicated weekend but clearly today we were too slow and we will start from too far back. Alonso told formula1.com.
Grosjean's gearbox penalty moved Alonso up to eighth and onto the dirty side of the track for the grid. So it was a wonderful bonus for Ferrari when conveniently Felipe Massa opted to also change his gearbox to suffer a five place grid penalty, bumping Alonso up to seventh on the grid and crucially onto the clean side of the track.
Not exactly in the spirit of competition, but since when has that ever existed in Formula One?
It proved to be a master stroke with Alonso capitalising on a good start to leap up into fourth place.
Every single driver on the dirty side of the track lost at least one place on the opening lap.
On lap 17 there was more good fortune for Alonso as Mark Webber was forced to retire, he had already lost KERS and then an alternator failure left him without power and out of the race, bumping Alonso up into third place.
The Ferrari didn't have the pace required to challenge either Hamilton or Vettel at the front of the race, so with Massa behind him Alonso settled for third.
It would prove to be Alonso's twelfth podium finish of the season, his sixth in seven races and with former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton taking the victory ahead of Vettel, it means that the Spaniard only lost three points to Vettel leaving the championship alive going into the final race of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.
“It was an unexpected podium which came at the end of a particularly difficult weekend. We did not have the pace to match Red Bull and McLaren, so to only lose three points to Vettel is in fact a nice present. It could have been much worse, but now we will arrive in Sao Paolo in Brazil in with a chance right to the last. Maybe on paper that chance is not so big, maybe 25 percent, but deep down, I feel it’s much more than that. Anything can happen at Interlagos and we saw again how important reliability can be, didn’t we? Then, there’s the chance of rain and a race in the wet can be very risky and we definitely have nothing to lose.
F1 Drivers World Championship
1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull- 273
2. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 260 (-13)
If Alonso wins the race in Brazil, for Vettel to take still take the championship, he needs to finish fourth or higher.
If Alonso finishes second, Vettel will only need to finish seventh or higher.
Another third place finish for Alonso and Vettel will need to finish no lower than ninth.
If Alonso fails to make the podium, Sebastian Vettel is crowned 2012 World Champion.
Date:Monday November 19 2012
Hamilton and Mercedes happy on test day one (Tuesday February 28 2017)
Alonso held talks with Mercedes (Monday February 27 2017)
Some drivers don't deserve to be in F1 says Lewis (Friday February 24 2017)
Bottas targets F1 title (Friday February 24 2017)
Renault take Red Bull aero expert (Thursday February 23 2017)
Pirelli already making excuses? (Thursday February 23 2017)
Williams adds new head of aerodynamics (Wednesday February 22 2017)
Renault engine can beat Mercedes (Wednesday February 22 2017)
Allison announced at Mercedes (Tuesday February 21 2017)
McLaren heading into another year of the unknown (Tuesday February 21 2017)
New deals for Wolff and Lauda (Monday February 20 2017)
Wehrlein sidelined due to back injury (Monday February 20 2017)
Williams backs F1 budget cap (Monday February 20 2017)
Sauber launch 2017 car (Monday February 20 2017)
Hamilton sends warning shot to Bottas (Friday February 17 2017)
F1 to break the US market (Thursday February 16 2017)
Rosberg doesn't agree with his replacement (Wednesday February 15 2017)
F1 pecking order unlikely to change (Tuesday February 14 2017)
Important Pirelli tyre test ends early (Monday February 13 2017)
Red Bull confidence builds as momentum grows (Friday February 10 2017)
Todt believes F1 doesn't need changing (Thursday February 9 2017)
Bahrain & Hungary to host 2017's in-season tes (Wednesday February 8 2017)
Ford not interested in joining F1 (Tuesday February 7 2017)
Wolff backs Bernie's influence (Monday February 6 2017)
Ecclestone will not attempt to destroy F1 (Monday February 6 2017)
2017 Formula One Calendar (Friday February 3 2017)
Brawn becomes F1 director (Thursday February 2 2017)
Ecclestone still welcome (Wednesday February 1 2017)
F1 shake up (Tuesday January 31 2017)
Manor collapse (Monday January 30 2017)
F1 is what I love to do says Massa (Tuesday January 24 2017)
Rosberg lacked passion for F1 (Monday January 23 2017)
Ecclestone wants to tear up the rulebook (Friday January 20 2017)
Renault bidding to match Mercedes (Thursday January 19 2017)
How long has Bottas joined Mercedes for? (Wednesday January 18 2017)
New optimism for McLaren (Wednesday January 18 2017)
British GP fate being discussed with F1 bosses (Tuesday January 17 2017)
Bottas announcement expected (Monday January 16 2017)
Australia prepares for 2017 F1 (Friday January 13 2017)
F1's new owners could save British Grand Prix (Thursday January 12 2017)
Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes (Wednesday January 11 2017)
Pirelli uncertain over new 2017 tyres (Tuesday January 10 2017)
Silverstone considers dropping British Grand Prix (Monday January 9 2017)
Formula One to lose 1 team from the grid (Monday January 9 2017)
Sky and Channel 4 announce F1 races for 2017 (Monday January 9 2017)
Ricciardo would not swap Red Bull for Merc (Friday January 6 2017)
Expect field to be spread in 2017 says Newey (Thursday January 5 2017)
Red Bull can provide a benchmark for Renault (Wednesday January 4 2017)
Haas just a stepping stone for Magnussen? (Tuesday January 3 2017)
Hamilton against another reshuffle of mechanics (Monday January 2 2017)
Renault project will take time says Hulkenberg (Friday December 30 2016)
Toro Rosso to rebrand engines? (Thursday December 29 2016)
Williams pays tribute to Symonds (Wednesday December 28 2016)
Marko mocks Mercedes (Tuesday December 27 2016)
Merry Christmas from Vital F1 (Sunday December 25 2016)
Renault building for 2017 (Friday December 23 2016)
Honda wants to supply second team in 2018 (Thursday December 22 2016)
Gasly building bridges with Marko (Wednesday December 21 2016)
I'll take on anybody says Hamilton (Tuesday December 20 2016)
Massa to return from retirement with Williams? (Monday December 19 2016)
No room at the Red Bull Racing Inn (Friday December 16 2016)
Mercedes now regret Hamilton instruction (Thursday December 15 2016)
Mercedes to take no action on Hamilton (Wednesday December 14 2016)
Aston Martin continue Red Bull partnership (Tuesday December 13 2016)
Ferrari, Mercedes and Williams merry-go-round (Monday December 12 2016)
Mercedes offer €10million for Bottas (Monday December 12 2016)
Formula One to return to France (Monday December 12 2016)
Red Bull Racing to take advantage of Merc turmoil? (Friday December 9 2016)
Straight fight - Wehrlein or Bottas for Merc? (Thursday December 8 2016)
Vettel's future is clear (Wednesday December 7 2016)
Wolff rules out big name driver for Mercedes (Tuesday December 6 2016)
Lauda annoyed by Rosberg retirement (Tuesday December 6 2016)
Button philosophical following race retirement (Monday December 5 2016)
What next for Mercedes? (Friday December 2 2016)
Rosberg retires from F1 (Friday December 2 2016)
New contract for Italian Grand Prix (Friday December 2 2016)
Hamilton blames Mercedes for lost title (Thursday December 1 2016)
Hamilton receives team boss backing (Wednesday November 30 2016)
What did Merc think of Hamilton's 'dirty tactics' (Tuesday November 29 2016)
Hamilton's dirty tactics? (Tuesday November 29 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 28 2016)
AND NEW Formula One World Champion - Nico Rosberg (Sunday November 27 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - Race (Sunday November 27 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP3 (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP2 (Friday November 25 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP1 (Friday November 25 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Friday November 25 2016)
Vettel needs to learn (Thursday November 24 2016)
Hamilton plays down title chances (Wednesday November 23 2016)
Drivers make their tyre choices for Abu Dhabi (Tuesday November 22 2016)
Las Vegas to replace Singapore on the calendar? (Monday November 21 2016)
Dennis betrayed by McLaren (Monday November 21 2016)
Max's memorable Motor race (Friday November 18 2016)
An extraordinary motor racing day (Thursday November 17 2016)
F1 Prediction competition open for final round (Wednesday November 16 2016)
Who will win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? (Wednesday November 16 2016)
All working out fine for Rosberg (Tuesday November 15 2016)
Hamilton living in the moment (Monday November 14 2016)
|7.||Push The Button||491|