1. 2012 European Grand Prix
Just like the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Alonso had a woeful qualifying in his Ferrari. He made best use of the start and jumped from 11th to 8th position on the first lap. Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel got a clean start from the pole and with tremendous pace and clean air was able to build a mighty gap of 20 seconds in front. Alonso was able to overtake Hulkenberg for seventh on lap 12 using the DRS zone perfectly. Some intelligent driving (staying out on the same tyres for another lap) by Alonso ensured that he was able pass Raikkonen following his first pit stop.
The turning point of the race came in the 27th lap when Vettel’s twenty second lead was quashed because of the safety car brought after the Jean-Eric Vergne’s accident. Most of the drivers pitted under the safety car. A series of misfortunes followed, which turned the race in Alonso’s favour. Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop was horrendous as he lost time because of the front jack problem and was passed by Alonso. Then on lap 34, as soon as Alonso came within a touching distance of Grosjean, he beautifully executed a passing maneuver on the outside of turn 1. In the very same lap, Vettel’s race came to a premature end after an alternator failure which handed the lead to Alonso. Grosjean’s race also came to an end on lap 41 with the same problem as that of Vettel’s . Grosjean was within one second of Alonso’s but his retirement robbed the spectators of anymore thrill in the race. There was no looking back from there on, as Alonso won the last European Grand Prix with a big stroke of luck and some neat driving.
This race showed that Alonso was quite opportunistic and benefitted from the conditions and other people’s misfortunes and capitalized on whatever luck came his way. At that rounds of the list of Fernando Alonso’s top 5 races.