Alonso making his own predictions come true in Korea

Posted on October 24, 2010

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Red Bull suffered their worst weekend of the season at a chaotic Korean Grand Prix, leaving Fernando Alonso to surge into the Championship lead for the first time.

The Spaniard’s prediction in Silverstone, while 47 points off the pace, that he would win the title is suddenly looking ominous for his rivals. The Ferrari drive had the lead, the confidence and enough in his car to be able to control the last two races.

Alonso has won five now this year, more than anyone else, and is looking like a champion in waiting.

For the first time, both Red Bull cars failed to finish with Mark Webber dropping it on a wet kerb and Sebastian Vettel losing his engine late on.

For the first time in months, the title going to Red Bull no longer looks a near certainty. Mark Webber is looking at possibly his only chance for the title and he has two races to repair the situation. He must win in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi – preferably both.

McLaren will leave with mixed feelings after Jenson Button had a disastrous day, switching to intermediate tyres at just the wrong moment. Red Bull’s misfortune means the reigning champion is still in the hunt with two races to go but his hopes hang by a thread. But Lewis Hamilton fared better, limping home in second place with balding tyres and he’s still in the mix.

The race itself ran for almost three hours after rain forced a red flag and lengthy delay after only four laps. After that, there was a lengthy safety car period and the cars crossed the finishing line in near darkness.

The weather made it a messy day for everyone else, with several big accidents and a lot of collisions. Much of the trouble was caused by the brand new Korean track being far too slippery, especially in the wet.

The facilities here may have potential in the future but this has not been a wonderful success. Formula One at some point is going to have to reconsider the wisdom of dragging the circus into the middle of nowhere – something which is going to happen a lot in the next few years.

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