The tell-tale wisp of smoke from Fernando Alonso's gearbox spelled trouble. Sure enough, he peeled into the pitlane and car 1 was pushed into the garage.
"The adrenaline is flowing and you sit there hoping you might be able to do a lap, hoping for the miracle!" Fernando said.
But there was no miracle and no lap. He would start the French Grand Prix from P10. It wasn't Monte Carlo or Budapest, but Magny-Cours is little better. Fernando knew he'd been fuelled light to go for the pole and a probable three-stop strategy. With a mid-grid start slot and a short first stint, he was left praying for rain. The elements did not oblige.
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