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Alonso left frustrated by Pic

Sunday 13th May 2012

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Alonso left frustrated by Pic

Alonso left frustrated by Pic

Fernando Alonso was left frustrated by the outcome of the Spanish GP as he feels he could've won the race had it not been for Charles Pic's transgression.

The Spaniard finished 3.1s behind race winner Pastor Maldonado, but he may well have walked away with the victory if Marussia's Pic didn't hold him up for a couple of extra seconds during the latter stages of the race.

Pic was handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring the blue flags, but Alonso feels the punishment didn't quite fit the crime.

"We were a little bit unlucky," said the double World Champion.

"We had a Marussia that got a penalty, which is obviously not a solution now, but hopefully people will start to understand that they need to respect the rules and today they didn't and they got a penalty, but maybe not enough for the penalty which could have cost us a victory."

Although they couldn't quite walk away with the win, it was a good turnaround in fortune for Ferrari after they made major upgrades to the car following a disappointing display in Bahrain a few weeks ago.

"Definitely we are a little bit surprised by the quantity of the points we have and surprised by the weekend result," Alonso said.

"We were confident to improve the car, we were hoping for some signs of improvement here in Barcelona and in Bahrain we were out of Q3 and in race, P9 one minute behind the leaders.

"So we arrived here with optimism about the upgrades but the overall weekend pace has been better than expected because we were quick in qualifying and quick in the race.

"But this, how I feel after the weekend, I still don't know where we are. We need to wait for more races for the championship to stabilise a bit. I think we overperform for the car we have and maybe other cars underperform a little. It is very strange, as we saw this weekend."

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