Alonso: Fifth is unbelievable


Fernando Alonso left the Hungaroring with a nice "little surprise" as he managed to finish fifth despite his McLaren not being "super competitive".

It has been a weekend of progress for the Woking-based squad as Alonso made it into Q2, but unfortunately for him his MP4-30 suffered an electrical problem and he couldn't post a time.

Although he started P15, better things were to come on Sunday as he was into the top 10 quite early on in the race and kept his head down. With drivers making contact left, right and centre, he found himself running P5 at the end to claim McLaren's best finish of a troubled campaign.

"Fifth is unbelievable. The race was chaotic in some parts and we took advantage of all the opportunities given to us to maximise the result," he said.

"Fifth is a little present to us as we are not super competitive at this moment."

It has been an emotional weekend for everyone involved in Formula 1 following the passing of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

Alonso worked closely with Bianchi during his time at Ferrari as the Frenchman was a member of Maranello squad's academy.

"It has not been an easy weekend especially when we had the minute of silence, it was very emotional to get into the cockpit," the two-time World Champion said. "We are 20 very, very lucky people working in our passion, our sport, like Jules did. We are privileged to race and as a respect to him and the sport I think we put on a good show.

"We love this sport and love racing and this type of race today is what kids love when they are passionate about Formula 1. Hopefully the kids today saw the race and want to become Formula 1 drivers."