Alonso still wary of rivals for Hungary
22 July 2012 – Fernando Alonso sealed victory number three for 2012 on Sunday, controlling the pace to win at Hockenheim for the third time. However, the Ferrari driver is well aware that the situation could turn around when Formula 1 regroups in Hungary next weekend.
Thanks chiefly to a pair of victories from the last three races, Alonso has become the first man to lead the 2012 standings by more than 25 points. Delighted with the day’s result, which followed Hockenheim wins in 2005 and 2010, he remains on full alert.
“Today was definitely tough,” he began, “because we are maybe still not the quickest car in the dry; that said, we are quite competitive and quick enough to keep the lead. The team also did another great job with the strategy, as we had to react when Jenson (Button) pitted.”
Looking ahead to Budapest, Round 11 of 20 next weekend, Alonso added:
“I think it will be tight because it’s a short circuit, which means it is even closer when you only have two or three tenths of a second dividing eight or nine cars. We’ve got to prepare ourselves perfectly in practice and qualifying because, if you lose a couple of tenths, you can easily find yourself dropping out of the top ten shootout on Saturday.”
Alonso concluded that Ferrari hopes to take new components to the Hungaroring.