Photo: Octane Photography
Photo: Octane Photography

Another race, another irresitable performance from Fernando Alonso. It’s now getting to a point where only a mechanical failure can stop him from securing, yet again, a substancial amount of points. He’s kind’ve had that to contend with this season – front wing damage in Malaysia, rear wing problems in Bahrain – but you have to look back over sixty races to find when a car last gave out on him.

The ingredients for a famous win were all there. Take his phenomenal willpower, add a dash of fervourous home fans, spinkle in some brave first-lap overtakes and a pinch of a fast race car. Mix accordingly. Bake for near 2 hours. Victory done.

There were two odd things about Fernando’s race though. The first was the fact that he’d picked up a rear puncture that, had it been any other prevous spec of tyre, would have deflated instantly, which shows you that luck as also on the Spaniard’s side.

The other was the audacity of the FIA to even consider punishing him for picking up a flag on his victory lap. If that’s what it takes to try and stop Fernando, they’re very much mistaken.