Glass half full for Alonso in Hungary

© Ubaid Parkar, 29 July 2012
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Fernando Alonso had no doubt that his fifth place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix was a positive result as it extended his lead in the championship.

The Ferrari driver had qualified in sixth place, pointing out that "on paper, we should have expected to finish seventh" in what was a complicated weekend for the Italian outfit as its cars were just not quick enough.

The Spaniard admitted that both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – who finished on the podium - were out of reach but took respite that he was now further ahead of Mark Webber in the standings, who is his closest rival in the championship.

“If we are where we are, it’s because we have always made the most of what we had and because of an excellent reliability record: it’s not by chance that you get 23 consecutive points finishes,” Alonso said.

The two-time world champion has a lead of 40 points ahead of the Red Bull driver "courtesy of a car that has not been the best in this first half of the season”.

But the lead is no reason for Ferrari to relax.

“There’s a lot of very strong competition who are just waiting for us to drop the ball and it’s down to us to disappoint them,” said Ferrari technical director Pat Fry.

Meanwhile, Felipe Massa managed to haul in two points by finishing ninth with the Brazilian citing his poor start due to a wheel spin that cost him two places, which he didn’t manage to recover after the 69 laps.


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