Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso still contends that he will win this year’s drivers’ title, in spite of the fact that he currently sits 47 points behind title chase leader Lewis Hamilton. On the face of it, this seems like a brash claim as the Ferraris of Alonso and team mate Felipe Massa have not been been making much an impression on their rivals lately. Alonso and Massa finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
“I think we will win,” Alonso recently told Autosport. “I think we lacked points in Valencia and Silverstone, but these are some moments of the championship where we needed to show that we want the championship and that we are a contender. I am more convinced than before this race that we will win the championship.”
Statistically, of course, there is some precedent for Alonso’s assertion. More often than not, over the past 20 years or so, the winner of the season’s first grand prix has also gone on to clinch the championship. If this year should follow precedent, Alonso could pick up his third title.
Of course, this hasn’t exactly been a typical year. With the season just half over, we’ve seen five different winners in 10 races. There hasn’t been that great a diversity of trophy winners in decades. The current points leader, Lewis Hamilton, has won only two races. Should Hamilton fail to score at a couple of venues, with Alonso scoring wins, the Spaniard would launch ahead of him in the points. That’s not to say he would end up in the lead, of course. With the likes of Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel also in the mix, Alonso will have his work cut out for him if he wants to leap frog over his rivals.
Still, with a new points system in play this year, we’ve also seen more volatility in the standings than we’ve seen in quite a while. Even Nico Rosberg, who hasn’t won a race this year, but lags behind Alonso by a mere eight points, must like his chances.