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Alonso could go to Ferrari

With Felipe Massa negotiating a deal with Toyota, disgraced McLaren driver Fernando Alonso may seek a face-saving move to the outfit he helped defeat his own team, McLaren, in the recent spygate scandal.

Talk about a melting pot, the current swirling state of driver allegiances within Formula One, after a gripping season on the track, is enough to make a publicist weep.

Lewis Hamilton is still 2-points ahead of Spaniard Alonso with three races to complete. It’s all to race for, but no-one expects Alonso to give the rookie Englishman an easy ride.

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Lewis Hamilton blows up in Istanbul

Lewis Hamilton looked like coming home in third place in a Turkish Grand Prix where his car could not keep pace with the flying Ferraris. That hope disappeared when a tyre blew with 15 laps to go.

In the event Felipe Massa, who drove to a second consecutive victory at this track, was second and Kimi Raikkonen, also in a Ferrari, third.

Hamilton said, “I had no warning, I went off and almost hit the barrier. The wheel just locked up and I was very lucky to get the car stopped. I tried to keep going, but the tyre got worse and worse. I reached Turn 12 and the car wouldn’t steer. I got to the pitlane and almost hit the wall. It was a real fight and I was relieved to get it back.”

Typically he kept his head and returned to the race after a pit stop. He was later overtaken by team-mate Fernando Alonso, but remains ahead in the Drivers’ World Championship.

Top Ten in Turkish Grand Prix
1, F Massa (Br, Ferrari) 1min 26:42.161sec
2, K Raikkonen (Fin, Ferrari) at 2.275sec behind
3, F Alonso (Sp, McLaren Mercedes) 26.181
4, N Heidfeld (Ger, BMW Sauber) 39.674
5, L Hamilton (GB, McLaren Mercedes) 45.085
6, H Kovalainen (Fin, Renault) 46.169
7, N Rosberg (Ger, Williams Toyota) 55.778
8, R Kubica (Pol, BMW Sauber) 56.707
9, G Fisichella (It, Renault) 59.491
10, D Coulthard (GB, Red Bull Renault) 1min 11.009sec.

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Lewis Hamilton in pole after Alonso penalized

Is Lewis Hamilton’s dismal run of luck improving at last? Yet another dramatic scenario unfolded yesterday in the qualifying stage of today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Times (London) reports : “Fernando Alonso was sensationally stripped of his pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix late last night and saw it handed to McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton. The Spaniard was docked five places on today’s starting grid after he deliberately held up the emerging British superstar in yesterday’s final qualifying session.”

It seems that McLaren will also be stripped of any points won in the constructors’ world championship from today’s race.

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Alonso wins European Grand Prix

The European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany was simply a lottery, characterized by farcical episodes and disrupted by bad conditions.

Lewis Hamilton was recovering from a bad attack of ‘flu and crashed out at 150mph in qualifying. He was then left recovering from both, plus the anxiety of an inquiry on Thursday which could rob him of points in the Drivers’ Championship for no apparent fault of his own. His run of good fortune seems spent at last, and rapidly turning into its opposite.

Rain drenched the circuit before the first lap, and after just 13 minutes it was halted by a red flag.

Lewis Hamilton started from tenth on the grid following a crash in qualifying on Saturday. He moved rapidly up to fourth after the first few corners. This was helped by a sizzling overtaking manoeuvre on the approach to the first corner, which was aided by a collision between the two BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

But it was downhill from there as the young ace appeared to have a mechanical problem with his car and he started to drop back through the field.

Kimi Raikkonen, who had started on pole made a clean getaway. But rain caused a frantic rush to change tyres before the safety car was introduced.

In monsoon conditions, officials decided to restart the race.

The race result was as follows :

1 F Alonso Spa McLaren
2 F Massa Bra Ferrari
3 M Webber Aus Red Bull
4 A Wurz Aut Williams
5 D Coulthard GB Red Bull
6 N Heidfeld Ger BMW Sauber
7 R Kubica Pol BMW Sauber
8 H Kovalainen Fin Renault
9 L Hamilton GB McLaren
10 G Fisichella Ita Renault

It was the first time in ten races that Hamilton had finished off the podium.

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