Suzuka: Formula 1 Star Fernando Alonso Claims Second in Japan


Team Scuderia Ferrari raged into Japan with one goal: Podium.

And Fernando Alonso delivered.

Oakley’s Formula 1 Superstar threw down a fabulous performance in Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix in perfect conditions and in front of a massive Japanese crowd – finishing in a close second place after being edged by Jenson Button.

From pole, Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull car nearly forced Button onto the grass, which allowed Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren to take second. Behind them in grid, Felipe Massa and Fernando were stalking, followed by a pack lead by Webber.

Flash-forward to Lap 6 and Fernando dived inside going into the first corner to power up to the fourth spot – making use of the DRS zone. He was but 3 seconds behind Button – who moved ahead of a pit-bound Hamilton.

Lap 37 came around and Fernando had his opportunity. After his third and final pit stop, the Spaniard smashed forward ahead of Vettel into second. He never let up from there.

Cruising to a solid finish at some parts of the race, Fernando seemed to be closing in on Button – with the Englishman backing off to save fuel. But at the tail end of the race, positions between the top three stabilized to the checkered flag.

With that, O’s superstar driver retains the third position in the Drivers’ Championship as the team prepares to charge hard at the Korean Grand Prix. Although, since an overall championship is out of reach, there’ll be little pressure.

“I will try to win one race if possible, but we know that it is going to be difficult,” Fernando said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. "Red Bull will remain favorites for the remaining races and McLaren is strong in this part of the championship so we know it will be difficult. We will try to enjoy racing, with no pressure about the championship position because I think finishing second or fifth in drivers’ championship is not a big difference.”

Nonetheless, it’s been an awesome season for Fernando – and there’s no doubt that the team will look to challenge for the title next year.

Congratulations to Fernando for the solid finish in Japan!


Andrew De Lara


October 13, 2011

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