Alonso: How he became F1 2012's man to beat

Alonso: How he became F1 2012's man to beat

Despite not having the quickest car, Fernando Alonso became the first three-time winner in 2012 in Germany with a flawless drive from the front. Adam Cooper takes a close look at how the Spaniard emerged on top again

Pirelli tyres and DRS may add some variability to the mix, but as we have seen so often over the past two seasons, there's still no substitute for starting on pole and controlling the race from the front.

Fernando Alonso demonstrated that to perfection at Hockenheim. The world championship leader crossed the line at the end of the first lap 1.3s clear of Sebastian Vettel and, 66 laps later, took the chequered flag with an advantage of 3.7s over the German.

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