Alonso suffers another first lap shocker as title bid starts to slip away 7 October, 2012 Fernando Alonso’s Japanese Grand Prix ended a couple of hundred meters from the start Oct.7 (GMM) Fernando Alonso’s championship lead took a massive hit at Suzuka on Sunday, after the Spaniard spun into retirement at the first corner of the Japanese GP when the left rear tyre on his Ferrari punctured after it was tagged by the front wing of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus. The fact that his main championship rival Sebastian Vettel went on to dominate the grand prix was therefore the worst-possible news for the Ferrari driver, who was lucky not to be connected by the oncoming pack after his spin. “I’m very sad for him,” Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali told British broadcaster Sky. Alonso’s championship lead is therefore slashed from 29 points to just 4 with five races to go. “Five great races coming!” Alonso, never one to dwell on the negative, announced on Twitter after his retirement from the race. “If the enemy thinks in the mountains, attack by sea, if they think in the sea, attack by the mountains.” Vettel dominated at Suzuka, amid reports in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that his Red Bull has been boosted this weekend by the addition of a new ‘double DRS’-style rear wing. “It means Red Bull can run more downforce to make the car faster in the corners without the consequent penalty on the straights,” explained BBC technical expert Gary Anderson. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMassa ignores Ferrari team orders but Alonso not concernedAlonso: It’s a happy day – the leading points scorer in F1 is something greatFerrari: It’s important that we do not let up at all over the final four racesFerrari: The positions more or less reflect our expectationFerrari: We were not as competitive as we wanted to beAlonso: We will try and enjoy the races, attack all the time and keep pushingMassa: You never give up hope and I will try to get one more victoryMassa: Japan has an incredible set of F1 fans and many cheer for FerrariAlonso: I am a fan of Samurai culture and that is one of the things that inspires meJoy for Massa, but gloom for Alonso at Suzuka jl uuppsss,…. if fernando greater than schumacher, he didn’t give ferrari any title (yet) with italian tyre. Butterfly Domenicali should not feel sorry for Fernando – we all do – but for the guy designing these under-performing cars. Yes, Stefano, that’s where you need to act as Team Principal, not spewing BS on every single interview about how you need to do this and that. Just replace the car designer with someone who can produce the goods in these conditions. Erich Lacher The faults are always somewhere and somebody elses as Fernando Alonsos. Its the common mentality of Spain and Italy. If Alonso is in the front or left or right or back, the fault in the contact is never Alonsos. Thats the italian/spanish way to think. Never our fault. The same problem is in EU. fools @Erich Lacher well if u know anything about F1, its isnnt Alonso’s fault if the “rear puncture came from the back” hence “rear” meaning Kimi hit him from the back and meaning if Kimi had not hit Alonso…the GP could of went differently. 2 DNF’s that happen w/out Alonso’s control…so wtf ar u talking about Erich. Your IQ is off the F1 table. Kimi4WDC @fools bit of optimistic there. Whole Ferrari crew including Alonso would have been crying out to FIA if it was Alonso who was pushed off to the grass like he did to Kimi, with plenty of space on his right. You can insert Alonso’s tear radio from Bahrain here Alonso is a cry baby Alonso needs to shut the hell up. He came over on Kimi and ran Kimi into the grass. I am so tired of Ferrari and their cry baby attitudes, the whole team has been nothing but a bunch of cry babies for decades. That Ferrari is not near as bad as Alonso makes it out to be. When Alonso gets a win or a good finish in it it is because it was the superhuman effort of Alonso. Yet when Massa gets a good finish it is because of luck. Alonso is not the god people are trying to make him out to be. This incident was 1000% Alonso’s fault end of story. Disgusted with 2012 The reason that Kimi was not penalized for causing the incident he is accused of, is that it was obvious from viewing replays and in-car, that Alonso cut across his nose and cut down his own tire, resulting is Kimi going off track and Alonso spinning. The rules clarification clearly states that if any part of the car being passed is along side the rear tire of the overtaking car, it is the responsibility of the overtaking driver to provide 1 car width space to the car being passed – which Alonso clearly failed to do. Now with two retirements each, the position of Alonso/Ferrari v. Vettel/RBR are more accurately reflected in the standings. How this plays out in the remaining races is going to be interesting to see no matter who you support to take home the big prize.