Mark Hughes: Alonso's fail is Vettel's gain

Mark Hughes: Alonso's fail is Vettel's gain

The championship contenders endured very different fortunes in the Japanese Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel dominating and Fernando Alonso leaving with no points. Mark Hughes brings you a blow-by-blow account from Suzuka

Fernando Alonso's attempted intimidation on Kimi Raikkonen at the start, while perfectly legitimate in a racing sense, seemed an unusual choice for a guy with a good points lead with just six races to go, and a car that's not the fastest.

With the Ferrari strangely recalcitrant and the Red Bull dynamite-fast, securing points would have seemed the order of the day – not the sort of no-compromise heroics you need from 11th on the grid mid-season in Valencia. And Alonso is usually very strategic about when he chances his luck.

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