Published on 18th March 2012 18:22
A tough time in winter testing, a difficult qualifying yesterday so hardly surprising therefore that the opening round of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship did not provide a miracle Sunday afternoon cure. Fernando Alonso brought his F2012 home in fifth place at the end of the 58 lap race, thus securing 10 welcome points, while Felipe Massa had to retire his car in the garage with broken suspension, after colliding with the Williams of fellow Brazilian, Bruno Senna.
It’s Autumn in Australia at the moment, but Albert Park was a summery backdrop for Race 1, with a light breeze, warm temperatures and a beautiful blue sky. From 12th on the grid, Fernando Alonso did well to make up four places to lie eighth on the opening lap, with Felipe Massa making up no less than six places, going from 16th to 10th. By lap 4, they were sixth and ninth respectively with Felipe going eighth on lap 5.