Well you have to go beyond the limit to know where the limit is
After that you can drive on the limit at will.
His hot tyres were a result of maximal speed through the corners without fully sliding the tyres. Imagine, no burnouts, no sliding, no unnecessary movements and the Tyres are HOT! He must have Masterful car control, the Zenedine Zidane of F1.
I would really like to see Alonso come back in a faster car. Lewis needs a real rival again. Kimi is there too but he has no emotion, we don't know what he's up to.
"I was blessed with the ability to understand how cars move," he explains. "You know how in 'The Matrix,' he can see the matrix? When I'm driving, I see the lines."