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Strategy error in Monaco: Ferrari messes up Alonso's victory

Strategy error in Monaco
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F ernando Alonso made a satisfied impression. Contrary to expectations, this world championship is tailor-made. After six races, the Spaniard took over the championship lead again, which he briefly held once after his victory in Malaysia. That was not to be expected after the false start with the Ferrari F2012. But the two-time world champion uses his tried and tested tactics. He scores regularly and he uses the chances that the race offers him.

Alonso turns into the pits on the fastest course

In Monaco, however, there would have been more than that Third place. The race analysts even believe victory. It wasn't Alonso. The Ferrari command post screwed up the jump from fourth to one. They brought their number one to the pits much too early to change their tires. 'If I had stayed out longer, we would probably have made it past Rosberg and Webber,' Alonso also believes.

Nico Rosberg was the first to turn into the pit lane on lap 27. Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton followed two laps later. Alonso stayed on the track for one more turn. But why only one round? The new world championship leader had cleverly saved his supersoft tires up to lap 17. Then he blew the attack. When the three cars in front of him had turned into the pits, two intermediate best times in sectors one and two lit up on the time monitor. To everyone's surprise, Alonso then turned into the pits.

Alonso protects Ferrari

Although he got back on the track before Hamilton, much more would have been possible. With his speed he would have cracked Rosberg and Webber. 'The tires were still in good shape. It would have been enough for at least two or three more laps,' confirmed the Spaniard.

Then he defended his team: 'We couldn't have known that the others were going would have such big problems warming up the harder tires. ' That is a protective claim. Ferrari had three laps to pinpoint that problem at Rosberg, Webber and Hamilton.

The Ferrari strategists also turned out to be not particularly firm in another situation. When the top bunch got stuck behind Mark Webber, five of the six drivers were driving with extra-soft tires. Only the sixth man in the group had chosen the harder mixture at the start. Sebastian Vettel drove in a different race because the harder tires were good for 50 laps. Around 20 laps longer than thatsofter option.

Massa could have helped Alonso to victory

It was clear that Vettel would automatically take the lead when Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa had reeled off their tire changes . Because Vettel had relatively loose visual contact with the group, there was a risk that when he was clear he could pull out enough lead to stay in the lead with his own tire change have to leave as a buffer stop on the track. But the Brazilian was dispatched one lap to Alonso. Vettel had a free run. For a moment it also looked as if his tactic would work perfectly. Ferrari racing director Stefano Domenicali weighed it down: 'If we had acted like that, we would have ruined Felipe's race. We didn't want that. He was strong all weekend. The most important thing is that he gets confidence now.'


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