How Alonso scored one of his best F1 wins

How Alonso scored one of his best F1 wins

Not even Fernando Alonso thought he could win in Valencia from 11th on the grid, but a combination of great driving, fine pitwork and a bit of luck helped the Ferrari ace to his 29th GP win, as Adam Cooper explains

It's no coincidence that Fernando Alonso now leads the world championship as the only man to have scored points in all eight races. Making the most of every opportunity and bringing the car safely home is what will win the 2012 title, and while he may have lost a few points in the closing laps in Montreal, Fernando has usually extracted the maximum from a given weekend.

In Valencia we saw the very best of Alonso, ably backed up by his team with good strategy and efficient pitstops on a day when it was very easy to get it wrong. This was a truly great performance from a man who has produced so many in the past – quick laps, decisive overtaking moves, no mistakes, and all the while protecting the tyres, not really knowing how long they would last and who might be in better shape behind him.

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