“Almost like a film with a happy ending” – Alonso happy with another podium finish
There could be better results for Fernando Alonso at Monza, but the Spaniard is satisfied with his accomplishments in Italy. The Ferrari driver grabbed another podium finish at the end of the race to increase his lead on top of the Championship table.
Fernando Alonso believes that the “Sunday was perfect for the championship” race. In his post match interview, Fernando Alonso was happy with his 37-point lead from second placed McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton.
Nonetheless, Fernando Alonso is wary of his competitors who are slowly gathering moment to give the Spaniard a last minute chase for the Formula One title.
Presently, Fernando Alonso leads the drivers’ rankings with 179 points. Lewis Hamilton comes in at second with 142 points. Lotus’ driver Kimi Raikkonen is breathing down his neck with 141 points. The defending champion Sebastian Vettel is just a point away from him with 140 points.
“This Sunday was perfect for the championship, almost like a film with a happy ending: another podium finish, three of my closest rivals with no points and an increased lead over my closest pursuer,” Fernando Alonso said.
“I remain convinced that, but for the problem in qualifying yesterday, we could definitely have had every chance of starting from pole and if we can be equally competitive on Saturdays at the tracks that are coming up, it will be very important for the end of the season. We must try to win some more races and to manage the lead we have in the classification.”
The former 2005 and 2006 Formula One champion admitted keeping an eye out for Sebastian Vettel at Monza. Fernando Alonso also admitted that Lewis Hamilton would be a serious threat in to him in Singapore next week.
“Here we had to mark Vettel, but in Singapore it will be important to keep an eye on Hamilton, who is now second,” Fernando Alonso said. “When I found myself fighting with Vettel I went off the track and, from then on, the car was not right. It wasn't nice bouncing through the gravel but, afterwards, I was able to overtake him anyway a few laps later. I don't want to comment on the penalty he received, but what he did was definitely on the limit.”
Fernando Alonso also revealed the secret to his successful run at Monza. The 31-year-old stated that the opening laps in the race were the cornerstone behind his third place finish.
“The opening laps were the key to my race,” Fernando Alonso said. “I passed a few cars - Kimi, Di Resta and Michael - and finding myself sixth almost immediately put my race on a more even course. Racing for Ferrari at Monza and standing on the podium is something special: driving a red car is different because the fans are exceptional. If they were told not to eat for days to have the chance to drive a car from Maranello, they would do it and this is what makes the passion for Ferrari unique around the world.”