After finishing second to Sebastian Vettel for the third consecutive race in the Singapore Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso offered a very simple explanation for falling out of contention for the drivers' championship
"We won in China, we won in Spain and then we seemed to lose a little bit of performance, especially when the 2012 Pirelli tyres came back," said Alonso. "That was probably our point in the championship. When they changed the tyres, we said bye-bye."
It's true that Alonso's deficit in championship to Vettel has almost tripled since the tyres changed. After the British Grand Prix, he was 21 points behind. Five races later, he is 60 points down.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.