F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2016 -


F ALONSO Starts 252 Podi­ums 97

Starts 115

Podi­ums 42

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


Starts 48

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.

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