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Alonso’s gamble ends in retirement

Mar 24, 2013, 4:32 AM EST

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Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix ended after just one lap as a gamble from the Spaniard failed to pay off.

Off the start, Alonso tucked in behind Sebastian Vettel despite facing pressure from his teammate Felipe Massa, and the second Red Bull of Mark Webber. Slight contact was made, causing damage to a portion of Alonso’s front wing. He was however able to continue, and he remained in P2 as the drivers completed their first lap.

However, the Ferrari came under pressure from Webber heading into the first corner, and Alonso’s front wing went under his F138. This caused the car to lose control, spearing off into the gravel where Alonso’s rear wheels became beached, ending his race.

Towards the end of the first lap, many expected Alonso to pit for fresh tires and a new front wing, but he decided to continue, most probably until the track dried out allowing for slick tires. This would have saved Alonso an extra pit stop, but in hindsight, the option to pit was definitely the right one.

Unsurprisingly, Alonso returned to the pit lane with his helmet still on, refusing to talk to the media until later in the day.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Alonso made the first mistake by being greedy and impatient. Then his team makes the wrond decision from the pitwall and it’s game over. Silly Ferrari. They’ll be regretting that down the road.

  2. worknman24hours - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I am surprised that Ferrari did’nt call Felipe into the pits and say his car was overheating and could not continue.

  3. techmeister1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    That was a tough break for Alonso and Ferrari. It looked like Seb did a brake check on Alonso but who knows for sure? Alonso did quite a job of driving even with the damaged wing so had the track dried sooner or the wing held up a little longer, Vettel would not have won two weeks in a row, which would shatter his over-szed grapefruit for a head.

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