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Fernando Alonso: Formula 1’s Surprising Quiet Achiever for 2011

Fernando Alonso has had a pretty good year by most objective standards. Like everyone else, he has been left in the wake of the unstoppable Sebastian Vettel, but is still in strong contention to claim the crown for best of the rest. That Alonso is at the pointy end of the field will not come as a surprise to most Formula One fans, what is somewhat surprising is that he is doing it in the somewhat substandard Ferrari F150° Italia. While it would take a brave person to declare any Ferrari—be it road or track—to be a dud, most pundits would agree that the car designated to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification has really failed to impress. If we apply Jeremy Clarkson’s theory that when Ferrari have ...

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