This car provided less joy than expected in its first Grands Prix, except Malaysia, where Fernando Alonso showed his class to achieve a hard-fought win under the rain. The important efforts made by the team to develop the new car gave its first results at the fifth race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix. The upgrades incorporated to the F2012 worked and Fernando Alonso, who in 2012 completed one of his best seasons (if not his best), was in great form.
Lady Luck wasn’t on the Spaniard’s side after the summer break. That spectacular accident in Belgium, where he was miraculously unhurt, the retirement in Japan, and the good work by Ferrari’s main rival in the fight for the championship, amongst other reasons, made the Spaniard lose his advantage in the second half of the season which he had brilliantly built up over his rivals in the Drivers’ classification.