JUNE 7, 2012
Alonso squashes tyre theory
Fernando Alonso has rejected theories that winning F1 races in 2012 is all about tyre management.
Asked whether tyres were too important a part of the performance equation this year, Alonso said: "No, I don't think so. They are the same as last year, just one step softer all round.
"They're not a big change and I don't agree that winning is all down to managing tyres. Jenson Button won in Australia because he was the fastest all through, Malaysia was wet and we won, in China Rosberg dominated the whole weekend and in Bahrain Sebastian was quick."
Alonso admitted that he was surprised at the way the season is shaping up, however, and can still see more different race winners after six different drivers won the first six races.
"It's surprising because in 2011 it was the opposite with one car dominating and this is so different. Consistency has been important so far but if we arrive at three races in four weeks and someone wins two, that could be important.
"But there will definitely be more winners. Lewis will win, Michael can do well, and Raikkonen and Grosjean, so whether it happens here or not, there will definiteky be more winners."