Since he debuted in Formula 1 in 2001 at the wheel of that unforgettable Minardi and throughout his career as one of the most outstanding members of the Formula 1 grid, Fernando Alonsohe has proven to be so tremendously skilled in the decisions he made on the track, as erratic and misguided when he left it. This is the only way to understand his escape from McLaren at the end of 2007, when Lewis Hamilton, then a rookie, managed to get him out of his boxes and make him lose focus. The two years he spent at Renault (2008 and 2009), stuck in a car with which he knew in advance that he could not fight for the win under normal conditions-imposed, were time totally wasted by the pilot who had just been able to break the relentless dictatorship of Michael Schumacher. The passage of Alonso by Ferrari (2010-2014) left anger and frustration, apart from two runners-up that for someone of the standards of the Spanish did not have to satisfy him at all. And then the decline came. The return to McLaren
Last week, in Suzuka, the commissioners imposed a five-second penalty on Alonso, after he went to the grass in the first round and cut the variant, being cornered by the Williams of Lance Stroll. "It is complicated to understand the decision. This is the bad thing about F1, "said the Spaniard, who has failed to justify his progress in the championship over the past few months. One of the arguments that has repeated more is the excess of predictability that there is: "With this regulation, in winter you know how things will be when you reach the end of the season." So far, the explanation of the McLaren runner has all its logic, if it were not for combining its last year in F1 with the World Cup Resistance (WEC) calendar, the most predictable championship that exists at the moment
This Sunday, during the Six Hours of Fuji, that huge contrast was again evident. Although the two Toyota took the start with an extra 26 kilos of weight, two minutes were enough to make it clear that, once again, the triumph would be between the two TS050 hybrids. In fact, that was something that was already known in advance. In this case it was the set-up that decided the pulse after a first bizarre hour, with a safety car that lasted more than 28 minutes and with the track drying quickly. That neutralization made the Toyota number 7, driven by Kazuki Nakajima, Alonso and Sébastien Buemi, lost the difference in his favor on the other car of the brand, the number 8, piloted by Kamui Kobayashi, José María 'Pechito' López and Mike Conway. The latter managed better with the dry track than their neighbors
Waiting for the cars to pass this time all controls, this is Toyota's second double so far this year after the one achieved at Le Mans and a good way to get rid of the bad taste of the mouth that left the trigger of Silverstone, in front of his fans and in what is his sixth victory of the seven editions that have been played.