Fernando Alonso said his run from the back of the grid to P9 was “the magic of motorsport” after he secured points for the second time this season.
When it was announced the Spaniard would be starting at the back of the grid for his home race in Barcelona having changed his engine, it was right to assume the race would be a salvage operation at best.
But the two-time World Champion produced an excellent display highlighting the skills that earned him those titles as he went from dead last to P9.
Alonso himself admitted the team had partially written off the weekend but said his “mega race” reminded him of “the magic of motorsport.”
“I think it was a mega race for us today,” he told Sky Sports F1. “Because we started last. We changed the engine last night in a way, even sacrifice a little bit this weekend because we knew that it was difficult to overtake here in Barcelona. And then we finished in the points.
“We started P5, P6 a few races ago and we never ended in the points and now we’re starting last and we finished in the points so that’s the magic of motorsport.”
Return of the double points 👊 Good work team. Mega drive from Fernando from P20 to points.
— BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) May 22, 2022
Alonso’s task was made all the harder when a slow pit stop cost him valuable seconds but when asked if he was panicking at that time, the Spaniard joked “it was all under control.”
“We had some pace in hand in case we needed it at the end and I think it was under control,” the 40-year-old said.
“I had two warnings because I was out of track in Turn 12. So that was my biggest worry, to be honest, more than the pit stop.”
It was a double points finish for Alpine with Esteban Ocon crossing the line in P7 which means the team are sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Looking ahead to the next race in Monaco, Alonso said it would be “tricky” for all the drivers.
“I think the level of concentration in Monaco will have to be higher than ever because there are mistakes that we do with these cars. They are heavy. They are not so gripping in the slow-speed corner we saw today in Turn 4. “It was a very tricky corner, a lot of people going off.
“In Monaco, you don’t have that room to [make a] mistake and I think it’s gonna be a tough race for everyone.”