Resurgence: Fernando Alonso Rages Back Into Formula 1 Championship Mix with Spain Triumph
Que viva Alonso.
To the massively raucous cheers of his countrymen, Fernando Alonso blasted his way back into Formula 1 Championship contention after crossing the finish in Barcelona ahead of fellow Oakley racing star, Kimi Raikkonen.
The two-time World Champ placed his legendary prowess on the track on full display at the Spanish Grand Prix – from his fifth place grid start to his second victory on the season and into a third place standings position.
And, as expected, the red and gold from Spanish and Ferrari flags flew en masse.
“You feel the support from everyone and it helped,” Fernando said. “We want to do well here in front of our fans. We did it and we are happy for that but we don’t want to stop here obviously.”
In top form physically – and with his Ferrari F138 performing acceptably, his confidence was reflected in his racing.
Clawing his way up to the third position in the first lap by overtaking Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton around the outside of Turn Three, he still trailed Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg until the first pit.
The front position would only elude him for so long, however.
Pushing past Vettel after the put, he powered to the lead around the outside into Turn One in Lap 13.
It was clockwork from there – as the Spanish speed demon made it look easy in keeping Kimi at bay on his way to the victory on home soil.
Running toward hordes of adoring fans on the hill, Fernando celebrated the triumph in true Spanish fashion.
But although the win was especially gratifying at home, it became clear that Ferrari’s star has his eyes set forward and high.
Trailing a mere 17 points after the stunning result in Barcelona, Fernando is ready to take it up a notch.
“We have many ingredients that make up a competitive car to fight for the championship…In the four years I’ve been at Ferrari it’s maybe true this is the one we feel more confident with.”