In the end he didn't need the third set and it was returned to Pirelli afterwards, but before the race, with high degradation expected due to the ‘greenness’ of the circuit (plus rain all Friday) and a circuit which evolved more than any other in 2010, that set could have proved crucial. Which shows how Red Bull works – shows also how Ferrari works: after qualifying Alonso was asked whether Ferrari had considered the tactic?
MAYHEM ABOUT TO START: Just seconds after this image was taken pole-starter Lewis Hamilton was out-foxed by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel - and the race was won.
Alonso qualified sixth – finding himself ‘done’ by team mate Felipe Massa for the fourth time in six races – and spent the first half of the race behind that Brazilian. Alonso was running a different wing in line with Ferrari’s decision to test 2012 components now that the title hunt is over, and possibly that contributed to his lack of qualifying pace, but his car wanted for nothing in the race, particularly after being fitted with softs.
NEW TAKE ON BUILD QUALITY: Grid girls the world over are the same old... but the young ladies hired for the 2011 Korean F1 GP are a trifle different but all seem to go to the same, er gymnasium.