Formula 1: Alonso Was Left Struggling After First Lap Contact

driver of Spain negotiates a turn at The Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso’s hopes of a decent result in the Indian GP were over at the first corner after he hit the rear of – ironically the other front-running driver who took a gamble on qualifying on the medium tire.

Alonso also hit Jenson Button on the first lap. A second lap stop for a new nose then ruined his strategy and left him struggling to catch up. He eventually finished 11th.

“Obviously not a clear start. I was a bit unlucky because I think Mark also was having a contact with someone, and the third part was me in that equation. And with Button as well in corner four it was a little bit of a mixed start, and the race was uphill from that moment. We were last with one stop more compared to the others already done. So a difficult race, and not enough pace.”

Matters were not helped by the car not behaving well after the contact: “It was damaged, I think the front toe or something, because the steering wheel was very heavy to the right corners, and very light to the left, so there was something going on there. It was not only that problem. The overall weekend was not good enough, and in Abu Dhabi we need to improve if we want to pass Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.”

Meanwhile Alonso had some nice words to say about Sebastian Vettel.

“Very, very good, I congratulate him. They’ve been very strong, very dominant, especially in the second part of the season, so they deserve to be be champions, so congratulations. Obviously we need to start thinking for next year and hopefully try to make things a little bit more difficult for him.”

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