Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Alonso: P2 tastes like victory

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Share:

Alonso: P2 tastes like victory

Alonso: P2 tastes like victory

His Championship hopes may have taken a heavy blow, but Fernando Alonso left Singapore a happy man after finishing second.

A poor qualifying session meant the Ferrari driver started seventh on the grid, but he made up for it as he was up to P3 after the first lap on Sunday. A good strategy from the team that saw him stop during the deployment of the safety car helped him to finish second behind Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen third.

Vettel's victory means he now has a comfortable 60-point lead over Alonso in the standings with only six races left this season.

Alonso admits they were always going to struggle to match the pace of Vettel's Red Bull and is happy with the second place.

"We got a fantastic start," the Spaniard said. "We didn't have the pace, so we had to invent something. With the very good start and different strategy it paid off with a fantastic result. It's like a victory for us.

"[Our strategy] was risky, but we had nothing to lose. Then we took care of the tyres and the car performed well. Finishing second or fifth doesn't matter too much."

Vettel ended up winning the race by over 32s while he also claimed the hat-trick as he was on pole and set the fastest time and Alonso admits Red Bull were just too good over the weekend.

He added: "They were too fast all weekend. We have to congratulate them for a fantastic weekend, and next time we will try to do better."

Related Links
Vettel Claims Clinical Singapore Victory
Singapore Race Day In Pictures

Lights, Camera, Qualifying...

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...