Fernando Alonso

Korean GP – Alonso and Massa in the top ten

Yeongam, 6 October – Scuderia Ferrari ended the Korean Grand Prix in sixth place with Fernando Alonso and ninth with Felipe Massa. The result means the Spaniard maintains second place in the Drivers’ classification, the same position as the Scuderia in the Constructors’, where they lead Mercedes by a single point, 284 to 283.

Alonso got off the line well, but there was nowhere for him to go and on the first lap, braking for Turn 3, Massa had a spin with Fernando narrowly avoiding making contact with his team-mate, crossing the line in sixth at the end of the opening lap, while Felipe had to begin a long climb up the order from the back of the field.

Massa made his first pit stop on lap 6, going from Supersofts to Mediums, with Alonso doing the same four laps later, rejoining behind Hulkenberg, with whom he had an exciting duel for fifth place throughout much of the race. However, Fernando was never able to get past. He made his second stop on lap 28, followed by Massa two laps later and the Brazilian went back on track during a safety car period when Mark Webber’s car caught fire. Alonso was still sixth, with Felipe moving up to twelfth. When the race was on again on lap 41, Hulkenberg, Hamilton and Alonso were locked together in a fantastic tussle which went all the way to the flag. Massa’s fightback was rewarded with the two points that come with ninth place. The race was won by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.