Splash! Formula One Superstar Fernando Alonso Triumphs at Malaysian Grand Prix, Conquers Rainy Conditions
Just about everyone slept on Fernando Alonso – and Ferrari – this past weekend.
But Oakley’s two-time Formula One World Champion, in a less-than-feared machine, shocked the entire scene at the Malaysian Grand Prix – claiming his 28th career victory after owning a restart due to heavy pouring rain.
“It was a big surprise today,” Fernando said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “We were not competitive in Australia and not here and our goal was to score as many points as possible and we scored 25…keeping calm in uncertain conditions.”
His F2012, Ferrari’s new model, which has seen challenges this season thus far, maneuvered to perfection at Sepang – also successfully fending off an intense chase from young gun Sergio Perez.
The 51-minute rain suspension was the biggest drama of the day – causing a wave of pitstops throughout the field. Fernando capitalized, building his lead over Perez up to 7.7 seconds – by lap 30 of 56.
His advantage was cut to 1.3 seconds shortly after, then to a mere half a second with seven laps to go. But Perez placed a tire onto a slick curb, forcing him off the track at the final turn. The result: Fernando cruised to the win 2.2 seconds ahead.
More theatrics unfolded not far behind throughout the event, as Narain Karthikeyan collided with both defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button – effectively shutting them out of any points gain for the race.
All while Fernando would catapult to the top of the embryonic drivers’ championship standings – with 35 points from two races. Ferrari climbed 35 points in the constructors’ championship standings, trailing leader McLaren with 55 and Red Bull with 42.
Nonetheless, the O’s Spanish superstar expressed caution moving forward – with the realization that there’s plenty of racing left.
“It’s a tough time for us at the moment but this is a Sunday we will remember,” he continued, referring to challenges with the new Ferrari. “So this is a positive news but coming to China, Bahrain there is a lot of stuff coming to the car and this is the real job to do. We are very united and this win will make us very happy, but it doesn’t change our determination to improve the car and to keep winning.”
Congratulations to Fernando for the stunning victory!