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Fernando Alonso may be driving a car widely recognised for not having title capabilities, but the Spaniard leads the championship after six of the 20 rounds. Furthermore, Heikki Kovalainen believes the overall winner of 2005 and 2006 will be back on top this year.
Having won the Malaysian Grand Prix in March, despite then controlling a chassis which was over a full second off the pace on a single dry lap of a circuit, Alonso moved to the top of the drivers’ standings; a position to which he returned after finishing second at home in Spain, then moving back ahead of Sebastian Vettel by achieving a Monaco podium finish as well.
“Yes, he will take the championship this year,” Caterham driver Kovalainen, who replaced Alonso at McLaren for the start of 2008, explains to Finland’s Turun Sanomat. “Whether we just have unique conditions or strange weather, there is always one common denominator: Alonso is always at the front.”
Next weekend sees Formula 1 return to Montreal, where Alonso won for Renault in 2006. Kovalainen’s best Canadian Grand Prix finish is fourth, also for Renault, in 2007; on that occasion, the Finn remarkably recovered from 22nd on the starting grid after what had been a disastrous beginning to the weekend.
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