Martin Brundle thinks Alpine “flattered to deceive” with their tempo on the Australian Grand Prix, which promised them excess of it delivered.
There have been recommendations Fernando Alonso might have been on pole place in Melbourne however for a crash attributable to a hydraulic failure whereas on a really promising lap in Q3.
Beginning tenth on the grid as a substitute, the Spaniard started the race on arduous tyres and was going alongside properly sufficient till he stopped for a set of the medium compound below the Security Automobile on lap 40.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t make the features he wished on that rubber, suffered from graining and ended up making a second cease, ending final of the 17 runners remaining.
His team-mate Esteban Ocon, in the meantime, began eighth and completed one place greater, primarily due to Max Verstappen’s retirement whereas working second behind pole-sitter and eventual winner Charles Leclerc.
“Alpine flattered to deceive on tempo,” wrote Brundle in his post-race column for Sky Sports activities. “Esteban Ocon got here residence seventh, 62 seconds off the lead.
“Fernando Alonso, who would have began on the primary two rows with out his downshift points in qualifying, was very quick for the entire occasion however got here away with nothing and completed seventeenth and final, having run as excessive as fourth by not stopping behind the Security Automobile after a late cease to suit tyres and go for quickest lap, which Leclerc denied him on his final victorious tour.
“It was that sort of day for Fernando, who’s driving with lots of velocity and fervour.”
As for Leclerc, the Sky F1 pundit and co-commentator believes he has all the pieces below management with the all-new Ferrari having taken the grand slam of pole place, main each lap for the win and setting the quickest lap of the grand prix at Albert Park.
The Monegasque leads the World Championship by 34 factors after a near-perfect begin to the marketing campaign and is now odds-on favorite for the title.
“Leclerc has stepped as much as the next aircraft, delivering velocity with consistency and seemingly at all times a half a step forward of this automotive, slightly than near the sting of the automotive’s restrict and the occasional heavy shunt as we’ve seen up to now,” mentioned Brundle.
“The brand new rules go well with him and he has developed confidence and elevated self-belief.
“Two pole positions, two wins, a second and three quickest laps in three races slightly confirms that.”