Alonso wins Korean GP

Fernando Alonso claimed victory in a dramatic inaugural Korean GP which saw the world championship turned on its head after both Red Bull drivers failed to finish for the first time this season.

For a long time it appeared that Sebastian Vettel would be in line to benefit from a rare error by team-mate Mark Webber, who put a wheel off the road on only the second lap of a wet race that eventually started after 17 laps behind the safety car but, even as he was reporting that it was getting too dark to see the braking points at certain corners, the German lit up the gloom as his engine let go.

The failure allowed Alonso to take the lead just as the race qualified for full points – after doubts that it would reach the 75 per cent distance required – and the Spaniard had enough in hand to keep Lewis Hamilton at bay. The McLaren man would have been in prime position to succeed Vettel as leader had he not made an error at the third restart that handed back the advantage he had gained from a slow Ferrari pit-stop, but kept himself in the hunt for a second title by claiming the 18 points for second place.

The final podium position went to Felipe Massa, who drove a steady race in the second Ferrari to deny Michael Schumacher a first top three finish since returning to the top flight. The German was equally comfortable ahead of Renault’s Robert Kubica and Force India’s Tonio Liuzzi, while another former team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, and Williams team-mate Nico Hulkenberg dropped down the order in the final few laps.

A double points finish for the Grove outfit almost went begging when Hulkenberg ran out of tyres, promoting the Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld, but the German repassed Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari to round out the points.

There was nothing to show, however, for Jenson Button or Nico Rosberg. The German was an innocent victim of Webber’s accident, while an ill-timed pit-stop and deteriorating handling mired the reigning world champion down in twelfth spot, effectively ending his hopes of a repeat title in 2010.

Watch Webber’s crash on BBC Sport’s website

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@ 123.

If that’s the case then, Shcumacher deserved the title in 1999, instead of Hakkinen. The point I’m making is even though Michael was out with a broken leg Mika pushed and pushed. Likewise Lorenzo, he pushed and pushed and got win after win.

@ BULLSEYE.

I cannot believe you and your stupid comment. You definitley must be a McLaren fanboy. Either that or a complete moron. Alonso absolutely deserves the title. When in Silverstone Fernando said he was going to win the title, I bet you, along with countless others laughed. Now who is laughing?

Fernando IS the best driver out there. Lewis is fast but under pressure he cracks. Where as Fernando thrives under such conditions. And what happened at McLaren in ’07, Hungary in particular, was brought to a head by Lewis, but started by the wife of one of McLaren’s key personnel. Not Fernando.

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@ Milos.

If, and only if, you buy into the whole nonsense that Flavio and Symonds asked Piquet JR to endanger his life. Then I have to ask. What about all the other crashes that Nelson had? Face it, he wasn’t a very good F1 driver now was he?

Also, Felipe was asked no less than four times to move out of Fernando’s way. Therefore marking Alonso as Ferrari’s title contender, and rightly so.

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Alonso world championship 2010

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@F1Fan
Well, if “Felipe was asked no less than four times to move out of Fernando’s way” and he was, and after the race Alonso couldn’t remember that part (although he had that “this is ridiculous” statement)and was saying that Massa was not quick enough and that he passed him without team order doesn’t that say something about Alonso’s character??? You also did not mention McLaren afair, and that makes me think that you are also aware that Alonso had his part in revealing this, and he did that just he did not get what he wanted, just like a spoiled kid. I agree that it was a stupid story with Nelson, but again the only person that did not know anything was Alonso! I mean really, this does not strike you as a pattern?
And you are right, Alonso is a great driver and he deserves to be the first driver.
The only person in the world that says that both drivers should be treated the same is Christian Horner, and he does that just because Vettel is not in front of Veber.
Horner should present world title to Alonso since he made it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@ Milos.

Maybe it’s Fernando’s way of dealing with the press in a tough situation. But to say that he has no character when clearly you nor I don’t know the man personally is a little bit harsh. But then, we can only ever judge these people whenever they are presented to the public i.e. Interviews, Radio conversations, Driving e.t.c.

In any case where controversy appears in a top level sport such as Formula One there will always be a lot of speculation as to what happened and why. But the only people who will only ever know are the people involved. Maybe Fernando had a say in what happened at Singapore (I’d prefer to think he didn’t. I can’t imagine one driver asking another driver to purposely crash. That would be very much a criminal act).

But look, all these cases have been dealt with and punishment was given accordingly. So why drone on about one man’s past in a sport steeped in history and controversial events when there is a championship of epic proportions happening before our eyes.

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So Red Bull’s Renault engine has made a hash of Vettel’s hopes for points on this race and has just about made a hash of his hopes for the championship.

What a shame. I was hoping that Vettel or Hamilton would win this year. Or Massa, actually, but that wouldn’t have been likely or Crybaby would have done something to hurt Ferrari like he did with McLaren.

If it really ends up between Webber and Crybaby, then Webber all the way!

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SV’s crash was the only reason why FA won. If FA crashed, LH [My favourite driver] would’ve won the Korean grand prix. The reason I like him because he never gives up, now he did not give up on winning the F1 drivers championship title.

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what race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!

we will remember it for a long time

good work alonso

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@ Britain in general

I guess alonso lost 57 seconds in Brazil 2007 because he sucks, but oh wait, he won 2 races in the renault the next year…
Be realistic. Hamilton is fast. Damn fast. But Alonso is a tiny bit faster, and that’s why Alonso is first and Hamilton is thrid, 21 points from him.

Anonymous said “If FA crashed” <= What, hamilton couldn't overtake on track?

Milos said that surely Alonso had his part on Singapore 2008. Seriously? Even if it was planned, Nelson Piquet crashed 14 times in 18GPs, so whether or not it was planned can't be actually proven.

He also said about ordering Massa to let alonso pass. If we take the words right as they said them: "Massa: Fernando is faster than you. Understand?" there's no actual order… Not more than "Button, you have to save the tires" at least. Also, alonso did overtake massa on track but then massa fought back almost totalling both cars, which isn't quite good for the team nor anything which would help massa's contract.

Nobody buys on the rest of the teams not giving team orders, and the fact that you do proves you stupid because you can hear the McLaren team radio as well and you can hear the subtle messages given to Button to not push Hamilton. I'm not saying Ferrari doesn't do them, I'm simply saying that everybody does it and so the rule should be abolished due to it's dumbness.

Both press sides are blatantly biased, I read about McLaren team orders in spanish press ofc. But that's not the point. Now IF, and that's a big IF, those "7 points" in germany the british press have been calling should affect the championship, then give those 7 points to Massa and see what would be the championship standings. The thing is, Alonso is still first, proving that whatever you say, he has been faster than the rest. And talking about "strange decisions", let's give Kobayashi the victory in Valencia, as he's the only one who did everything right. Let's give the victory in Canada to Seb Vettel, due to hamilton's a-bit-too-much-in-the-edg e-of-legality pole position. Let's give Alonso all the points lost in Silverstone, because maybe somebody didn't notice that he was in front of Kubica when he jumped the chicane, therefore not getting any substantial advantage, and also given the fact that Kubica would break his engine about 20 metres further in the race. Here in spain, we would say that "O todos moros, o todos cristianos", which would mean that rules are for all or for nobody, and not only for everyone-who-is-not-Hamil ton. But oh well, let's wait for Abu Dhabi and see what happens if Ferrari gets their championship stolen there… Maybe there would be no F1 championship in 2011.

Peace.

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I just hope that Webber will get Alonso, he is the person I want the least to win…

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“ALONSO Nº 1, THE BEST ONE IN THE WORD
“GRANDE ALONSO , GRANDE .

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i just hope ALONSO win in abu-dabi GP

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Some of you guys really do make me laugh.

Alonso the fastest? Really? He may be winning the world title, but is he really the best driver?

The only way you can ever know which driver between two is the better driver, is when they race the same car.

So, If alonso is the best driver in F1, then forgetting his laughable histrionics, and contemptable at times attitude. He would be reasonably expected to beat anyone else when put in the same car as them?

So, how did Alonso a then experienced double world champion, fail to beat Hamilton in his rookie year when they were in the same car? And you really think he’s the best?..

I’m sure you’ll site the “McLaren conspiracy against Fernando”, but do you honestly believe that Mclaren would go and hire Alonso for many millions of dollars a year, and then put Hamilton, their rookie ahead of him in their books? Do you live in cloud cuckoo land permanently, or were you just visitting?

If i was betting, I imagine Alonso wanted Hamilton told to get out of the way and actively help Fernando win the world title, and threw one of his usual hissy fits when it didn’t happen.

Do you honestly think that if you put Alonso and Lewis in the same car now, with the same back up and no advantage either way that Alonso would win, when Lewis now has 4 years experience and is undoubtly quicker and more consistent than he was in his rookie year?

I will only conclude that if you do think that, you need committing….lol

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Alonso once again gaining a podium spot by means of playing the safety car. Just one dnf for that insane spaniard out of the last 2 races then i think we will see Webber or Hammy as the new champ.

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GOOOO ALONSO!!!!!!
GOOOO WEBBER!!!!!!

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THE THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP IS COMINGGGGGGG

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Just give the whining spaniard his undeserved title,then next year watch as Vettel owns him for the season .If he is this fast now, with more experience and a reliable car those Primadonnas at Ferrari won’t be shining any silver at the end of 2011.

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Ferrari + Alonso(tecnologi & talent) the best team & the best driver in formula one on the WORLD.”ALONSO the next championship….simple.

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this is directed at one person in paticullar but to those calling alonso a cry baby and attackin their character or driving abilities y dont u just go watch the kiddies go kart racing and possibly ave a little go then try to have a grown up disscussion on them and then move on the f1 drivers,theirs driving abilities etc but in no way u have ne right to attack ne bodies character even if u know them or not and its also a team sport so its not just the driver its the team aswell thats in the races in all stages of ne race and its also the whole teams ur attackin not just the drivers every1 makes mistakes in life but these drivers end up makin split decisions while doin 150 to 200mph wit millions watchin y dont u have a go wit out millons watchin u as ne f1 to f4 or racin driver in general that can do and make a career of of this r all good god dam drivers yes some have better abilities than others some have better cars look at damon hill wen he was wit william i think fightin for top spot wit schmacher years ago but then he changed teams to jordons even though drivin skills were there the car was noway near the engingeerin work of ferri or william at the time. also since the start of f1 there always been speculaions being thrown around (none actually comfirmed in most cases)from the mafia influencing the teams to orders bein throrn around by team still upto a few years ago mafia was said to be involed also if the number 1s r so close but r being prevented from passin by the number 2 drivers due to speed then they should think about weather or not they can keeps the speed up while not bein a risk or danager to other drivers so the number 1s from the same team can stil drive to their full potental then stay wit wat they r doin otherwise just move across slitly as there the same team as the n 2s may be the number 1 at some point wit a new team mate and u wil b put in same sitituation when u have greater abilities than your team mate wat the point of bein the cause of a crash if the abilities differ. but also just think of the drivers that have been killed through no fault of their own wit great driven skills that did it for are entertainment aswel as their enjoyment from senna doin wat he loved to colin mckray spendin time wit his son just 2 legends from different types of drivin all taken to soon from stupid error 1 from drivin other from heli acciedent

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SamBlob – When you say crybaby, are you talking about Alonso or Hamilton??

Unbiased – yes, I agree with you. If you give Alonso and Hamilton the same car not allowing them to do any set-up work, Hamilton would be the faster driver. However, Formula one is not that simple. When you let them do the set-up work you will always see Alonso come up with a better set-up allowing him to take the advantage and be the faster driver. When Alonso was in McLaren, Hamilton was given all of Alonso’s setups, which lets face it would be very frustrating when Alonso is doing all the work. Then Some rookie takes all the glory. It’s like if I did a project in work and someone else got a payrise because of my work. I wouldn’t be too happy…

Hamilton’s weakest point would be his set-up work in my opinion. We saw Button have better solutions with his car over Hamilton this year…

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exactly my point when we look at the Mc-Laren year of Alonso. He brought with him a great deal of sponsorship , money and means that is, and most important, a lot of know-how. Alonso is well known for his ability to make a good car better, just look what he has accomplished with Renault, several seasons in a row.
And look what Ron Dennis offers him, a spoiled brat who enters F1 through the main gate, smiling and being very high with himself. I must say, Hamilton is a very fast driver and I like watching him drive around, a bit reckless but often very enjoyable.
But I’m hoping that he honestly regrets the way things went that year between him and Alonso, no gentlemans driver worthy

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@ThaPepe
Thanks for “kind” words, I must say that you have completely missed my point, but since I have always tried to have a polite discussion I’ll leave it at that.

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i think hamilton wont the championship and i dont think alonso will either, it would be fair if webber wins it… go webber.

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