“Felipe Was Crying Like a Baby” – Alonso Recalls His Iconic Photo Post Vettel F1 Loss in 2012

Published 08/10/2021, 4:17 PM EDT


2012 Formula One will go down as one of the finest seasons of the sport. It consisted of everything that one associates with Formula One – a tight championship battle, wheel-to-wheel racing, risky overtakes, and the last race being the championship decider. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel contested for the title in the 2012 season.

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They were both looking to become three-time Formula One champions, but it was Vettel who prevailed. And in addition to Seb winning the championship at the season finale in Brazil, there was something else that caught people’s attention – an iconic picture of Alonso staring into the abyss after losing the title.

So what was Alonso really doing?

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I was waiting for Felipe: Fernando Alonso

As reported by GPFans, Alonso explained he wasn’t staring into the abyss because he was dejected that he lost. In fact, he was looking for his then-teammate, Felipe Massa.

“I was waiting for Felipe [Massa, Alonso’s teammate at Ferrari],” he explained.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“It was 2012. We lost the championship, and I wanted to just hug Felipe, but Felipe was crying a lot. I was waiting for him but I was shocked, not because I lost the championship in those laps, shocked because Felipe was crying so much.

“We were both on the podium. I was second and Felipe was third, so it was supposed to be happy, but Felipe was crying like a baby, so I was curious to see what was going on. That was my reaction there,” said Alonso.

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The Spaniard considers 2012 as his best season in F1

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Alonso has revealed that he considers the 2012 season as his best in the sport, stating that he felt the most complete as a driver in that year.

“I think my best season was 2012 in terms of driving style, results, and extracting the maximum from that Ferrari. I think 2012 I always put as my 100 (percent). I’m hopefully close to that 100 and I have learned so many things in the last two years outside Formula 1 that I’m curious to see how I can take those learnings into racing here again,” Alonso told SkyF1, as reported by PlanetF1.

MONTMELO, SPAIN – May 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013, in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Alonso lost the championship by three points to Vettel. The Ferrari driver won 3 races, 2 pole positions in the season, and secured 13 podiums in 20 races.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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