Date: 24th July 2012 at 10:42am
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While there might have been plenty of drama up and down the paddock for other teams, Ferrari and Fernando Alonso completed a drama free weekend and extended their lead of the F1 drivers World Championship.

On Friday morning the McLaren’s new upgrade package might have been what everyone was talking about and both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton did appear quick, but Alonso’s consistent form for Ferrari remained evident as he posted a time that was quicker than everyone else.

In Free Practice Two, a rain affected session meant that there wasn’t a while of meaningful running and Fernando Alonso opted for the comfort of Ferrari’s new motoGP style garage seats.

Saturday morning was different, the rain had cleared and Ferrari were back in top of the timing sheets, 0.077 ahead of the improved McLaren driven by Lewis Hamilton.

But while the McLaren’s did look like real contenders in the dry, in the wet they struggled and this meant that once the heavens opened during qualifying they were out of contention, leaving the battle between Fernando Alonso and the two Red Bull’s of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Alonso managed to time his run perfectly and his time of 1m40.621 was enough to claim his 22 pole position of his career.

?I am very happy! When qualifying is run in these conditions, it?s very difficult to put together a clean lap and it?s very easy to end up in the grass, the gravel or in the wall! It?s something of a fight for survival: before anything else, you have to get to the end and then look at where you?ve finished. Then, when you hear on the radio that you?ve got pole, it is extremely satisfying, because there?s a feeling you really have given your all. The car was going well in all conditions, which is encouraging, as it means that we can be in the fight whatever happens, be it dry or wet. he told formula1.com after qualifying.

Sunday morning all the talk was about the legality of Red Bull following a complaint from the FIA to the race stewards regarding engine mapping.

Again while everyone else squabbled Ferrari went about the business quietly and from the moment the red lights went out Fernando Alonso led from the front.

Vettel, was unable to compete and during the race the only car that looked like it could have been quicker than the Spaniard was a lapped Lewis Hamilton on fresh tyres and even he couldn’t overtake the Ferrari.

?It was a very close race from start to finish. We did not have the quickest car. McLaren and Red Bull had a little bit extra but not enough to get past. The team took a few strategic decisions that were spot on, at the time of both stops and I knew that I had to concentrate, especially at Turn 6, defending my position by using the KERS. Then, in the third sector, there was no room for overtaking. I tried as much as possible to manage the tyres at all times. Clearly, I didn?t have a moment to relax but I think I was calmer than the team in the garage and on the pit wall and our fans sitting in front of their televisions! Alonso said after the race.

His win leaves him 34 points clear of Mark Webber in the drivers standings.