Fernando Alonso finished second on the podium behind the McLaren’s Jenson Button for the season Grand Prix finale at Brazil. The Spaniard ended up losing the title by just three points.
The middle session of the season, Alonso set top place on the drivers’ championship. The second half of the race, two DNF and Vettel’s domination pushed him second on the drivers’ title. Other main factor was Ferrari slower than the Red Bulls and McLarens all year lengthy.
“It’s a very good feeling I have now,” Alonso said.
“I’m so proud and I’m so happy to fight until the last lap with the package we have in hands. That is the best thing for me, to feel proud of myself, it was by far the best season of my career and I will remember 2012 like some dream season.”
We didn’t achieve the points to win the title but I won so many things this year.”
2012 – Race victory: 3, Podiums: 13, Pole positions: 2, Points finishes: 18, Front row starts: 3, DNF: 2
2012 – Fernando Alonso: 2nd / 278 points
2011 – Fernando Alonso: 4th / 257 points
2010 – Fernando Alonso: 2nd / 252 points
Alonso 2012 F1 Milestone
In this season opening race at Melbourne, he made fifth place, start from the 12th. The second round of the season at Malaysia, Fernando Alonso won an action-packed rain-hit rain and also he holding off the challenge of the persistent Sauber’s Sergio Perez. Ferrari made a perfect strategy in the rain-affected race at Sepang International circuit.
In Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari struggled with qualifying pace. The Spaniard took ninth place on the race grid. Ferrari struggled for pace in the dry race at China, and finally he finished ninth place. Fourth round at Bahrain again he qualified ninth and to finish seventh ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari showed an uncompetitive race at Bahrain.
In his Home Grand Prix at Spain Fernando Alonso booked second place on the start grid behind the Pastor Maldonado. Fernando Alonso overtook Maldonado at opening lap of the race, but Venezuelan reclaimed it during the second round of pit stops when his team forced Ferrari to pit early while Alonso was held up by the Marussia of Charles Pic. Finally the Spaniard finished second place on the podium.
Round 6 – Fernando Alonso finished third in the Monaco Grand Prix from the fifth on the grid. The Spaniard set into the lead of the Drivers’ Championship this season ahead of Sebastian Vettel. In the Canadian Grand Prix Alonso finished fifth place behind Lewis Hamilton’s first and Sebastian Vettel’s fourth, the final stint of the Montreal Sauber’s Sergio Perez attacked front runners, following fantastic team strategy, Hamilton the only man escaped from the Perez’s attack.
Round 8 – The Spaniard took top podium in dramatic race in the European Grand Prix Alonso started from 11th on the grid and was able to climb his way up to win the race after his 2 main rivals Vettel and Hamilton force to retired from the race due to mechanical/alternator failure.
The rain-interrupted British Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso start from the Pole and finished second behind the Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Round 10 at Germany the Spaniard took his third victory of the season from the Pole position.
In Hungarian Gran Prix the Ferrari speedy again struggled with poor qualifying pace, started from the sixth on the grid, one place gain in the race and to finish fifth behind Sebastian Vettel. And the Spaniard extended his championship lead to forty points.
>After the summer break, in Belgian GP, opening lap of the race Romain Grosjean made contact with Lewis Hamilton and they both slammed into Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez, eliminating all four on the historic Spa race.
Round 13, Fernando Alonso started from the tenth on the grid, the Spaniard finish third, profited from Button’s retirement and a drive-through penalty for Sebastian Vettel, when the German forced him so wide through the Curva Grande that Alonso was forced off the circuit.
The night race at Singapore Alonso took fifth place on the grid and finished third on the podium behind the Jenson Button and winner Sebastian Vettel. In the Japanese GP the Spaniard start from the sixth on the grid, but he failed to score, unlucky man slight contact with Kimi Raikkonen gave Alonso a puncture and forced to retire from the race.
Korean Grand Prix Alonso took fourth on the qualifying grid, and finally set third behind Mark Webber. Round 17th at India Ferrari pace not matching with his main title contender Sebastian Vettel, he starts the race from the fifth and took second place on the podium behind Vettel.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Ferrari again struggled with qualifying pace, he made sixth on the starting grid, Vettel’s post qualifying penalty gives a minute opportunity for Alonso. The Spaniard finished second behind Kimi Raikkonen, but two times safety car interrupt gives a huge opportunity for Vettel, finally the German set third place and lead drivers title.
Round 19 – United Stated Grand Prix, Alonso too struggled with qualifying pace, initially he set eighth on the grid, dramatically Ferrari adapt a gear box change his team-mate Massa, the Brazilian was qualified sixth on the grid, following penalty Alonso lifted from dirty side of the track and started race at seventh on the grid and finally he finished third on the podium.