Alonso wins again as McLaren has an off-day

When I wrote last month about chances of Fernando Alonso to be on podium again, i didn’t know he’ll win next two races. With a shock Singapore GP already in his bag, Alonso was aiming for top 5 at Japan GP but met a comfortable victory.

The race started with Kimi overtaking Hamilton only for Hamilton to fight back and push himself, Kimi, Massa and Kovaleinnen off the track. This resulted in him getting a drive through penalty (but outbraking yourself into T1 and wedging the field over happens pretty often). It was almost written on the wall as so many drivers were unhappy with Hamilton’s driving style (Kubica, Alonso to name a few).

Article 16.1 of the sporting regulations allows the stewards to penalise drivers for forcing each other off the track

Then Hamilton started to lose some pace (due to unexplained reasons). When Massa charged ahead of him, Hamilton fought the position back but Massa didn’t give up. The matter got worse for Hamilton as his car spun with a touch of Massa’s car from behind. This forced him into the last position on the grid along with Massa getting a drive through penalty. Hamilton damaged barge boards and floor from collision with Massa.

This led Alonso, Kubica and Raikonned to capitalise and finishing 1,2,3 respectively. Atleast Massa fought back to finish in points at 8. Kovaleinnen retired due to engine failure completing a day without points for McLaren. Piquet, Trulli, Bourdais and Vettel were 4-7 respectively.

Force India had another disasterous weekend with Adrian Sutil getting his car punctured and Giancarlo Fisichella retiring due to technical issues (What does this team need?)

Driver Championship

Hamilton 84 , Massa 78,  Kubica 72, Raikkonen 63

Constructors championship

Ferrari 141, McLaren 135, BMW Sauber, 128

Desperately waiting for final two races now?

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