Sky Sports F1 pundits hail brilliant Alonso for keeping the World Championship alive
Alonso stays within thirteen points of leader Vettel
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 28/10/12 2:18pm
Sky Sports F1 pundits Anthony Davidson and Damon Hill have lavished praise on Fernando Alonso after Ferrari's brilliant Spaniard rescued second place in the Indian GP to keep the World Championship battle alive.
Starting from fifth on the grid, Alonso battled past Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Mark Webber in a car not thought to be a match for either the McLaren or the Red Bull to remain within thirteen points of Sebastian Vettel.
In the latest in a long line of defiant rescue acts, Alonso overtook both McLarens during the first lap of the race in breathtaking fashion as the three cars ran side-by-side along the backstraight. Not content to settle for the final podium position, Alonso then caught and passed the Red Bull of Mark Webber to secure second place - limiting his deficit to race winner Vettel and, according to former World Champion Hill, keeping his hopes of winning the championship alive and kicking in the process.
"He took a lot of risks early on during the race but then he had to have the pace to catch Webber - and he did," enthused Damon. "I thought this race would be a bit like watching paint dry but Alonso brought the fight to Red Bull and it means the championship is still alive. It's still kicking and he still has a chance.
"Alonso has put down a marker that this isn't going to be a walkover by any stretch of the imagination."
It's an indication of just how well Alonso drove that Felipe Massa, fresh from signing a new contract at Ferrari on the back of his best set of results in over two years, finished the race over forty seconds adrift of Vettel while Alonso crossed the line less than ten seconds behind the World Champion.
"He has driven like this since the beginning of the championship," purred Anthony as he reviewed the on-board footage of Alonso successfully out-muscling the two McLaren through the opening sequence of the grand prix. "He can't rest, he has to be on the attack the whole time. He's looking in the right mirror, the left mirror, he's so aware.
"The precision he can drive to in the heat of the battle is amazing. For me, he was the man of the race."