However, contrary to the expectation of an earlier overtake, F1TV presenter Alex Brundle pointed out that Alonso had everyone 'fooled', showcasing his veteran skill by strategically planning the exact moment to make his move.
Alonso move was 'inevitable'
“Somehow it almost seemed inevitable that Alonso would finish ahead,” said Brundle, who had a trackside view of the ongoing battle. “Even when they came out of Junction Corner at the base of the hill on the final lap, with Perez leading and Alonso behind, I started to think ‘That’s too far away. He’s never going to be able to make a move into Turn 1.’
“But he’d fooled us — even with all the information we have trackside. He wasn’t going to get the move done there, he was going to get it done where there was no right of reply at all.”
“After the race, Alonso told me that he’d planned his energy delivery accordingly which was really impressive. It only gets more impressive when you consider the context behind it: with the season that Aston Martin have had versus the season that Red Bull have had. It was just a remarkable piece of thinking.”
“The best high-profile pass”
In a conversation with Silverstone senior racing instructor and driving coach Steve Deeks, the pair delved into the impressive nature of Alonso's overtake.
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