|Sebastian Vettel celebrates becoming 2010|
F1 World Champion
In fact the better driver "overall" lost to the better car "overall". This & a bad strategic decision allowed Vettel to grab the World title when he did not even expect it before the start of todays race. The rival for Alonso was Webber & all of Ferrari´s plans were focused on staying ahead of the Australian , holding out & finishing 4th, but no one took into account an accident by Schumacher that allowed in a "safety car" onto the track that changed things dramatically & opened doors closed beforehand.
Most started with soft rubbers with the idea of changing to hard in the 10th-15th lap. Webber was 5th behind Alonso (who Button overtook in the start & the Englishman decided not to stop at all) & with the safety car on the track Red Bull decided to pull in Webber & change to hard rubbers. Obviously Ferrari thought that they could not allow Webber to fly away & decided to follow the same idea. What happened is that Alonso found drivers -"obstacles" (others had decided too change as well) when he got back & a stubborn Petrov that did not allow him to pass & get back to the 4th position. In fact, Alonso was "trapped" until the end of the race behind Petrov.
The Red Bull team had sacrificed Webber, knowing Ferrari was thinking in him & not Vettel & played their cards that Vettel would escape & Alonso would be blocked below the 5th place that he needed to become World Champion. Ferrari should have not followed Webber, gone on further to secure places while others did rubber changes & then gone in to get back without "traffic" problems. Ferrari had fallen into the Red Bull trap - line, hook & sinker - as Ferrari had configurated Alonso´s car for a "defensive" strategy" & did not have the horse -power to overtake Petrov & win back places. The rest is now history.
|Fernando Alonso - sub Champion F1 2010|
The final F1 World Championship Table looks like this:
Having written all of the above, merit cannot be taken away from the Red Bull whom were the far better team & deserved to win. Congratulations! Tweet