Alonso: Mission accomplished

Sunday 27-May-2012 16:19

Fernando Alonso says he achieved his goal in Monaco with his third-placed finish as it put him ahead of Championship rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso went into Sunday's grand prix with 61 points to his name, the same amount as Vettel although the Red Bull racer leading by virtue of a P6 finish. Hamilton was Alonso's next closest rival in third place.

But, 78 laps later, it is Mark Webber who is challenging Alonso as the Aussie claimed the victory and the 25 points on Sunday.

Alonso was third, finishing ahead of Vettel and Hamilton, which saw him bag 15 points and take the lead in the Championship.

"Our target was to finish in front of Sebastian and Lewis - they were with us in the World Championship and if you go race-by-race you concentrate on different drivers," the Ferrari driver said.

"The next one will be Mark, who is now second in the Championship.

"It will be interesting this season with the see constant development of the car and the constant surprises that we are having every race. You never know which one is for pole or race win."

Speaking about his Sunday afternoon in Monaco, Alonso reckons he was "lucky" to survive the first lap accident that put Romain Grosjean out of the grand prix as he had been squeezed between the Lotus and Hamilton's McLaren.

"I had a fantastic start, so in the first ten metres I was side by side with Romain and I was passing Lewis as well who was third.

"They went close to each other and I put the car in the middle and I think I touched with Romain with my rear left and his right front.

"After that touch he spun, so were lucky that nothing was damaged in the car. After that spin of Romain I think the positions mixed a little bit because I saw Vettel like position five or six - so people were helped and some people gained advantage."

But, once the start was over, it was plain sailing for the double World Champion who was up into fourth place and used his pit stop to take third off Hamilton.

"Everything went smooth after the start - at that point I thought maybe the car was damaged or something - but it was fine. I felt good, I felt competitive, but obviously in Monaco it is difficult to manage the traffic.

"We overtook Hamilton at the stop with perfect time and perfect stop again, so thanks to team we are in a privileged position."

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