F1 PODIUM STRIKE RATE
F ALONSO Starts 252 Podiums 97
J CLARK It would have been hard for Vettel to hang on in there for the final six laps, but if he’d continued eking out performance as he was, he would have won – on the shabbiest rubber.
“Seb would have been pretty difficult to pass,” reckoned Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey. “Think back to Nigel Mansell at Monaco in 1992 when he was seconds faster than Ayrton Senna but could find no way past him.”
Fernando Alonso – one third of the elite triumvirate at F1’s very pinnacle, alongside
K RÄIKKÖNEN Starts 230 Podiums 80
Podiums 16 Starts 6 Podiums 2 Vettel and Lewis Hamilton – is rightly lauded for his relentless, never-say-die attitude. Vettel is the same. No race sums that up more than Brazil 2012, the very grand prix in which he made one of his most needless blunders. Vettel entered the weekend running head-to-head with Alonso for the title; he started in fourth, due to rain in qualifying, but dropped to eighth after a poor start. On the first lap, he turned in clumsily on Bruno Senna’s Williams and was pitched into a spin before being collected on the right rear.