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Alonso: It was a little bit boring

Sunday 25th August 2013

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Alonso: It was a little bit boring

Alonso: It was a little bit boring

Fernando Alonso was happy to walk away with second place at the Belgian GP, but he admits the race was not really worth writing home about.

After a disappointing qualifying session saw him start ninth on the grid, Alonso more than made up for it on race day as he was up to fifth place after the first lap.

He continued to push hard and eventually finished second behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and ahead of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes.

However, despite Spa-Francorchamps being one of the best circuits in F1, the race didn't really deliver as Vettel finished nearly 17s ahead of Alonso with Hamilton another 10.8s behind the Spaniard.

"We had to recover some places, we were not okay yesterday," said Alonso. "But today it was a little bit boring, we get second place but no threat to Sebastian Vettel and had no threat from behind."

Having finished fifth at the Hungarian GP before the summer break, it was great comeback from Ferrari and Alonso knows they need to improve even further ahead of the Italian GP.

"It is important weekend for us and the team and we arrived full motivated and in Monza we would like to give some smiles to our fans," the double World Champion said.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was delighted with the way the team bounced back after their struggles in Hungary.

"It was a great start by Fernando, he was very close to everyone but he managed to use his driver's skill," the Italian said.

"We have just come from a difficult month where we did not improve the car. We had to react to the situation. The qualifying of yesterday was not the real performance and today we saw the car improve. Last year in Monza we were strong so the speed is there and we need to keep the gap.

"I want to see the reaction of my people, inside all is very clear. I'm totally focused and the drivers known what they have to do. If they don't, they know where the door is. I will be the happiest man if we're able to win and I push my people so we can do it."

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