Alonso given Ferrari of a price to podium at Spanish Grand Prix
Unfortunately for Fernando Alonso’s chances of claiming a third F1 World Championship title, the change in regulations hasn’t quite had the desired effect for his Italian-based Ferrari team.
However, all is not lost for the Spaniard as in a season which has begun with Mercedes’ dominance at the front of the grid, Alonso has still managed to stay in the rearview mirrors of championship leaders Nico Rosberg and his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.
Ahead of his home Grand Prix in Spain, Nando sits third, having strung finishes of 4/4/9 together as well as a recent third in China to stay in contention some 40 points off early the pace.
With the F1 roadshow heading to Barcelona’s famous Cataluyna circuit next, Alonso has his best chance yet of making some further impression on the early Mercedes pace setters.
Given the current disparity in flat-out speed between Mercedes and the rest it’s no surprise to see Alonso given a 14/1 chance of repeating his 2013 and 2006 triumphs, but the 6/4 on a podium looks like particularly low-hanging fruit indeed.
As mentioned above, the Ferrari pin-up has enjoyed two wins at his native circuit and, added to that, has found his way to a share of the champagne no fewer than seven times in 12 Formula One outings.
At a track where Alonso enjoys fanatic home support he seems to come to life be it for Minardi, Renault, McLaren or current employers Ferrari.
His last four results at Cataluyna read 1/2/5/2 in his Ferrarri and given the struggles of the Red Bulls to make their car race competitive in the early exchanges, Alonso is well set again in Barcelona.
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