Fernando Alonso

Photo: The Cahier Archive

Oh god. That was turgid wasn’t it?

We at Badger have seen enough races over the years that make us want to claw out our own eyes but, let’s be fair, India wasn’t one of those. On this occasion, none of us fell asleep.

That said, to say this race was short on thrills and spills was to do down races without thrills and spills. Vettel, when he’s got the fastest car is a) brilliant and b) incredibly boring. He’s perfected the art of getting over a second ahead by the time DRS is activated.

As an aside, the advantage of having a long DRS zone is that it provides the means for overtaking to happen. The disadvantage is that when one car is catching another, it simply becomes a matter of time of (i.e how long it takes for the chasing car to catch up) before the overtake is completed. So we saw during the race with Alonso and Webber. What should have been a moment of high drama was, in the end, a mundane drive along a straight. They didn’t even go into the braking zone together – Alonso was well past by then.

Anyway, grousing aside, Alonso’s was easily the best performance of the race, Canute-like though it was. It genuinely feels like he’s single-handedly holding back the tide of history carrying Sebastian Vettel to his third title on the trot.

He also (although this is to be expected) comfortably beat his reinvigorated team mate, Felipe Massa.

You’re India’s Top Dog Fernando, enjoy it.