Mclarens Unexpected Advantage at Nurburgring

By: Anthony Fontanelle

After a series of not-so-good races for the reigning world champion Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard Formula One driver hauls a solid ten-point at the Nurburgring by finishing first at 2h06m26.358s.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished second with 2h06m34.513s and surprisingly Red Bull's Mark Webber made it to the podium with 2h07m32.032s. There was immense bliss at Red Bull, as the team enjoyed their best run of the season. Both RB3s were reliable, and Webber was always in the hunt for points.

"I think the race was so exciting - to drive and also to watch, from the outside, I hope. It's true that we had very different conditions. The first three laps were unbelievable. It was so wet and we had aquaplaning everywhere. The safety car came out and we stopped the race because it was impossible," said Alonso in a post-race FIA interview. "Then, as you said, in dry conditions I think the Ferraris were a little bit quicker than us, so we probably didn't have enough pace. And yeah, truly, the rain at the end helped us a lot and our car seemed to be a little bit better in wet conditions and luckily enough I had six laps to try to overtake Felipe."

"It was so close. The racing line was getting drier so to overtake you needed to go a little bit on the outside or the inside, on the wet part. We touched each other two times and I apologize to him (Massa) because I was so stressed when I finished the race because we nearly didn't finish the race. Now I try to enjoy the victory and forget everything," Alonso said of his overtaking maneuver.

Just as most of the spectators are prepared to celebrate Ferrari's victory, McLaren closes in to snatch it. For much of the Nurburgring race, McLaren was submissive to scoring eight points as Alonso was generally outpaced by Massa. As a fact, the Brazilian recorded the fastest lap of 32.853s compared to the Spaniard's 1m 33.231s. But rain poured in to work magic in favor of Alonso. Unfortunately, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton had to be satisfied with ninth.

Asked if the two-point lead of Hamilton change his approach to the championship, the Alonso has this to say: "No, not at all. I have said many times, the championship is very long and I think there are seven or eight races to go still. So every weekend is an unpredictable weekend."

Alonso added, "Even here Ferrari is very, very quick and they were quicker than us on track conditions in normal conditions. Suddenly you have a mechanical problem in Kimi's car and you have rain at the end and McLaren wins the race. This is motor racing and in the next seven races I would not put any money on any driver, anyone can win because the races are a bit unpredictable." The advantage is not on the but the sum of all elements.

"We didn't expect the rain, so it was just how the car works in dry conditions and wet conditions, the difference between the two teams. You never know what they are in terms of drivability of the engine, chassis, suspension. All these small details seem to help us today in wet conditions. If we again have another wet race from now until the end of the season and we are still competitive, maybe it's right, only for this race we cannot be clear in this," concluded Alonso. "I enjoyed the race so much. On the podium I was so happy because the race was quite exciting."

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