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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Former F1 Driver Alguersuari Backs Alonso

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari believes that his fellow compatriot and F1 Championsip leader Fernando Alonso will continue to lead the pack when Formula 1 returns to action at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The two-time World Champion headed into summer break with a 40 point lead over Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber in second, with Alonso's Ferrari F2012 not being the quickest car on the grid. Alguersuari feels that Alonso will once again come to the fore.

"There hasn't been a dominant team this season so it's difficult to predict who will run well at Spa but Fernando Alonso is looking best placed at the moment," Alguersuari wrote in his BBC column. "He has done a fantastic job to keep his title hopes alive with a car that was not competitive at the start of the year. Alonso has done that through consistency; a bad result for him is fifth place. This is what you want...you don't need to always be fastest, you just want to always be quick."

"McLaren have clearly improved their car after strong performances in the last two races, while Red Bull have shown that they are there or thereabouts. Then you have the Lotuses who have scored big points all season and you feel there is something big to come from Kimi Raikkonen or Romain Grosjean. It's so close to call."

It was confirmed last week that the future of the Spa is secured. The Belgian circuit will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2015, a decision that has been met with great joy and Alguersuari is one of the people who are delighted to see the track's future secured.

"I think it's great news that Spa has extended its contract to host the Belgian Grand Prix for a further three seasons," the 22 year old Spaniard said. I'm a big fan of the new circuits that we have been going to in recent years because safety is important and these new venues have high standards. However, it is easy to find the limit because there are plenty of big run-off areas. At historic tracks like Silverstone, Monza and Spa, you feel like everything is just a bit more challenging. There's not much room and you will hit the wall if you make a mistake so those circuits are a greater challenge for drivers."

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1Lewis HamiltonMercedes0
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3Charles LeclercFerrari0
4Sebastian VettelFerrari0
5Max VerstappenRed Bull0
6Alexander AlbonRed Bull0
7Carlos SainzMcLaren0
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11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri0
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