Fernando Alonso leads the Formula 1 World Championship by 40 points. Think about that for a moment. A Ferrari that was all over the place during pre-season testing, and was a marginal Q3 contender in the early races of 2012, has taken its driver to a formidable position at the mid-season break. It's far from an insurmountable gap, but it's a remarkable turnaround from where it started.
Before we go any further, don't be fooled into thinking that the negativity at Ferrari pre-season was a construction of the media. The F2012 was an unwieldy car that lacked pace and balance. As technical supremo Pat Fry admits, had you told him five months ago what the situation would be now, he would have been staggered.
"I think everyone would have been," he laughs. "I'm surprised!" Nobody within Ferrari would have seriously considered backing themselves to be in this position, so it was no surprise heading into the season that the lameness of the Prancing Horse was the talk of the paddock. This makes what has happened since all the more impressive.
So how exactly has Ferrari pulled off this remarkable turnaround?
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