Mark Hughes: Alonso keeps it simple

Mark Hughes: Alonso keeps it simple

Amid 77 pitstops and tyre conservation stress for most of the field, Fernando Alonso simply drove his Ferrari as close to the limit as his Pirellis would allow, and won at home, as Mark Hughes explains

This race was way simpler than it looked. The disorientation caused by 77 pitstops clouded a clear demonstration of Ferrari superiority in meeting the complex demands of Barcelona in the Pirelli era.

It had a car with a superior combination of pace and tyre usage, and it used that tool strategically perfectly, committing from the beginning to a four-stop plan on a day when most were hoping to three-stop but fell into a compromised four.

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