"Perfect" Alonso can enjoy August at the top
By Brian Homewood
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso will enjoy the psychological boost of spending the August break on top of the Formula One championship whatever happens in Hungary next weekend after a display Ferrari described as perfect.
Alonso, who led from pole to chequered flag on his way to winning Sunday's German Grand Prix, now has a 34 point lead over Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber and is sure to lead the standings through to Spa in September.
He won glowing praise from his team for the way in which he held off challenges from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button at Hockenheim.
Two wins and a second place in his last three races have suddenly put the 2005 and 2006 champion in a commanding position in a season which, until the European Grand Prix in Valencia, had been wide open.
"It was like a 67-lap qualifying run," said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.
"I find it hard to remember watching from the pit wall such a tight race. Fernando was perfect, not one mistake, not one hesitation, pushing to the maximum for an hour and a half. What a driver."
Alonso's 30th career win extended his run in the points to 22 races in a row, making him the most consistent driver on track as well as the only one to have won three races this season.
He turns 31 in Budapest on Sunday where he could also celebrate a 31st win. Continued...