'Ferrari will struggle early on, although you can never rule out Alonso's brilliance'. That was this column's prediction at the start of the season and as the year progresses the Spaniard's genius has grown apace. Last week's win in Germany was a case in point. The car from Marinello was nowhere near the fastest - both he and his boss Stefano Domenicali said as much after the race - and yet Alonso put it on pole in the wet and kept it in front in the dry race. It was like his first championship winning season where he found Michael Schumacher climbing all over his gearbox during one race, but somehow held him off over the last third of race. On Sunday he knew how to stay ahead. He was quick in the overtaking danger zones and ahead of the DRS zone. The rest of the time, he just got in the way. Vettel had a go and failed, as did Jenson Button. As McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh put it: 'In Germany we could catch him and hurt our tyres, but we couldn't get past him. We were a reasonable amount quicker, but if you put someone like Fernando at the front of a race then you are going to have difficulty getting past him'. Domenicali feels his driver is at his peak powers right now. 'He is in a great moment, and we will try to keep the momentum for as long as possible'. When so many people decry Formula One for being so technology led, it's great to see a driver who can overturn the odds. Given the season so far, there's no reason why Alonso couldn't get his third world championship. But nothing seems simple in 2012, let alone the fight for the top spot. McLaren certainly feel that at last, momentum is building for them. Before Germany, this column talked about Lewis Hamilton's very public musing's over his next contract and the rotten results for Jenson Button. Button, though, was very upbeat and his optimism was rewarded with second place. The team seemed re-energised. A record pit-stop time was a case in point. How many times this season have McLaren thrown away a good position with a botched pit stop? At Hockenheim they claimed a stationary stop of just 2.31 seconds. As one commentary wag put it, they will have to start replaying pit stops in slow motion at this rate. Hopes are so high that when the team put in a 3-second stop it seems slow. McLaren knew that they needed good performances in Germany and this weekend in Hungary to regain momentum for the second half of the season. It went well in Germany for Button, but there was nothing that Lewis Hamilton could do about his early puncture. The fact that he un-lapped himself later in the race showed what might have been. Rain undid their qualification bid, but in Hungary it's likely to be hot and sunny. Even with a win at the weekend, there is an awful lot to do get back into contention, but it will put down a marker as we head into the mid season break. A month off after this weekend might seem rather a luxury, and I'm sure we will see pictures of the drivers on the beach. But the majority of team personnel will be beavering away in the factory's trying to perfect the latest upgrade package that might give their outfit a tenth of a second advantage over the rest. Even the drivers will be keeping up their punishing fitness routine, as well as an equally gruelling promotional schedule. They will do well to keep focused and keep fit. The next challenge will be one of the most difficult and magnificent tracks on the calendar - Spa in Belgium.