Alonso may have messed up qualifying but in the race he was something else gaining eight places, not because of strategy or attrition but by getting 110% out of what was a very good Ferrari.
Starting P9, Alonso first dodges a slow Di Resta in the Force India then threads his way on the very inside of La Souce and manages to find enough grip to drag race Webber and get some pay back for the Aussie's pass at Eau Rouge last year.
Lap 2 and it could have been all over for a lesser driver faced with a similar butt clenching moment at the exit of Radillon. Alonso never lifts and just keeps going after Button for P4
Hamilton has just done a fast lap as the clip starts but surely knows Alonso is coming up fast behind. Lewis either is thinking strategically or simply blows his braking at La Source. Alonso sees the hole and pounces and doing so crosses the DRS activation zone ahead of Lewis handing the advantage to his rival.
Alonso's clever enough not to use his KERS right away but save it for the end of the Kemmel straight, where Hamilton will attack with DRS. He outbrakes Lewis, supposedly the best in the business on the binders, just barely hangs on to the car and he's off.
Now if he only stopped putting himself in a hole on Saturdays...