Alonso sees the silver lining in Silverstone cloud

© Ubaid Parkar, 8 July 2012
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Fernando Alonso may have lost the British Grand Prix but that didn’t leave the Ferrari driver massively disappointed with the end result at Silverstone.

The Spaniard was overtaken by the Red Bull of Mark Webber four laps from the end of the race, providing the Australian an opportunity to close the gap to the championship leader in the standings.

“At the end in the last stint Mark was much quicker than us, and he deserved the win,” Alonso admitted.

The two-time world champion started from pole position and led most of the Grand Prix but suffered a blow as his car struggled for grip towards the end.

“When you do almost the entire race in the lead and you are overtaken just a few laps from the finish, it does leave something of a bitter taste in the mouth, but after reflecting for a moment and looking at the classification, then the outcome of this Grand Prix seems very positive,” Alonso said.

The 30-year-old has had a strong run in the last five races where he finished on the podium on four occasions with the fifth just missed a few laps from the end at Montreal.

"I’m very proud of the Ferrari recovery in the last few weeks and now we are fighting for the victory in the last three or four Grands Prix," he pointed out.

Alonso had a 20-point lead from Webber ahead of the weekend, but now the advantage has been reduced to 13.

“We lost seven points with Mark but we gained some extra points on the rest of the field. So I think it was a good Sunday in terms of championship points for us,” Alonso said referring to Sebastian Vettel who finished third and Lewis Hamilton’s eighth place.

“I think at the moment, as far as I’m leading, I’m more happy than worried,” he added. “If Mark was leading the championship, I would be worried about losing another seven points.”

 

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