BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, ALONSO ON THE PODIUM, MASSA SEVENTH|
Interlagos, 24 November – Fernando Alonso finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in third place and Felipe Massa was seventh. Scuderia Ferrari thus ends the season in third place in the Constructors’ classification with 354 points. Alonso secured the runner-up spot in the Drivers’ championship last week in the USA GP and Massa ended his time at Ferrari in eighth place in the classification.
Both drivers started on the Medium tyre and as the lights went out, the Spaniard dropped a place while the Brazilian passed three cars to go sixth. On lap 1, Fernando charged past Hamilton and three laps later he also dealt with Rosberg in the Mercedes to go second. On lap 13 Alonso had to give best to Webber and on lap 15, Massa got by Rosberg to go fifth.
Massa stayed on Mediums at his first stop on lap 19 and two laps later Alonso switched to the Hards. With the run of stops, Alonso got past Webber’s Red Bull to go second again and Massa made up a place on Hamilton. Lap 26 saw Webber pass Alonso again. Lap 31 saw Massa get a drive-through penalty for a white line infringement, which dropped the Brazilian from fourth to eighth.
Massa’s second stop came on lap 43 to take on Hards and on lap 47 Alonso made his final stop of the year taking on Mediums. When all the stops were completed, Alonso was again third and Massa had moved up to seventh. The final laps saw the threat of rain but it never materialised to influence the result. The race was run by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.
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It’s become something of a home race for Scuderia Ferrari. From 2000 to today, with the exception of 2009, the Brazilian Grand Prix has featured a Brazilian driver at the wheel of a Prancing Horse car. From 2000 to 2005, it was Rubens Barrichello who faced the task of defending Ferrari colours and from the following year onwards the honour and duty has been in the hands of Felipe Massa.
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Fernando Alonso finished fifth at the Circuit of the Americas, with Felipe Massa thirteenth. The Spaniard therefore cannot be beaten for second place in the Drivers’ championship on 227 points. In the Constructors,’ Scuderia Ferrari is still third on 333 points, fifteen behind Mercedes and eighteen ahead of Lotus.
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On these days, the Scuderia Ferrari team members will get on a coach at the factory in Maranello, bound for the airport and a flight to the USA on the first leg of the final journey of the 2013 season. It will see them race in Austin and Sao Paolo before, like migrating birds, heading home for the winter.
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Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fifth and eighth places respectively. The Spaniard thus strengthened his hold on second place in the Drivers’ table with 217 points, while Felipe now has 106. In the Constructors’, Scuderia Ferrari is still third, on 323 points, 11 down on Mercedes and 26 ahead of Lotus.
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They will both be there in the Yas Marina Paddock, smartly turned out in Scuderia Ferrari team kit, taking part in technical meetings with the race team, talking to guests and giving interviews to the press. No, it’s not Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, but Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa.
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Felipe Massa finished fourth in the Indian Grand Prix and his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate, Fernando Alonso was eleventh. The Spaniard’s race was compromised at the first corner after the start. Not many points therefore and the Scuderia has dropped to third in the Constructors’ classification, but only four points behind second placed Mercedes.