Originally posted by Apex
I challenge anyone who think Alonso was really screwed by the SC to come up with a plausible scenario, involving no SC periods, where Alonso finishes 4th or better. The most interesting part will be where you show how he still would have beaten Kovalainen.
This is my guess:
The key is in the second SC. Remember there were three SC, not two. The first SC was on the first lap.
When the 2nd SC (of three) Alonso had almost no fuel on his R28. We listened to his engineer telling him to save as much fuel as possible. He was going to enter pits on that same lap. He had to wait to wait until all the cars were aligned behind the safety car, and the race direction opened the pits. What happened was that Bourdais was 13th by that moment. When the pit lane was open, Alonso, Kubica, Nakajima, Glock and Raikkonen had passed the pit lane entrance (maybe Nakajima did not).
Also, and foremost, we need to credit the team for the strategy during the safety car period.
The team was just monitoring the light and as soon as it opened he was just screaming: "In, in, in. Pit, pit, pit." I was just about to pass the pit entry and that made all the difference. If you wait one lap, you are P10, not P4.
Bourdais pitted, and Alonso, Kubica, Nakajima, Glock and Raikkonen had to do one more lap before entering pits. If Alonso had pitted just one lap before, or the SC had been deployed seconds later, he could had been on 6th in front of Bourdais.lap chart
Then we have the 3rd and last SC. If Alonso had pitted before it (like Hamilton, Nick or Nico for example) he could had been on 4th, with Barrichelo and Kova having to pit after SC.
After both SC he was running in front of Bourdais, and he had not to fight against Bourdais, Raikkonen and Kova. He ended 4th, and nobody could say it was due to luck.
Obviously this is just a guess, but that's just what Apex wanted. The reality is very different thou. He pitted after both SC, that's bad luck, twice. But he had luck when Bourdais retired, Kova made his mistake, Nakajima and Kubica crashed.
So at the end Alonso finishes in the same position, but there is a very big difference. Alonso's bashers, haters, etc will be right now talking about how much luck did he have, but will forget that the 3 first in the race did have the luck to pit before both SC.
How funny that all the bad luck he had with SC was transformed into good luck.
which scenario do you prefer? .the one with mixed bad/good luck or simply the lewis hamilton, Heidfield and Rosberg luck scenario (they all pitted before both SC)?
I've tried to explain it as clear as I can. I'm not inventing anything. All info was taken from the FIA website or Autosport.