Alonso shines among Mercedes stars while Raikkonen fades

© F1 Pulse, 22 June 2014
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Starting from a season-best fourth place on the grid, Alonso finished fifth but not before managing to lead a race for the first time this year.

"I think that I can consider this to be my best race of the season, because finishing 18 seconds off the Mercedes in a race without a Safety Car or any particular incidents, is a good result,” he said.

Alonso was the only non-Mercedes powered car in the top seven but pointed out that he was in no position to really challenge the lot ahead.

"I closed on (Felipe) Massa at the end and then when I got closer he pulled away,” he was quoted saying by Autosport. "It was unbelievable the difference between the two cars.

"If (Mercedes) run with those settings (all race) they would lap everyone, but they cannot do it for the whole race.

"We pushed hard all race without any problems, which means that little by little, we are improving. Sure, there's still a long way to go but the aim is still to do well and score points."

Raikkonen, in contrast, struggled to get the Ferrari into points as he fought with handling issues with the car.

"This was another very difficult race for me," he said. "Compared to the start of the season, progress has been made, even if there's still a lot to do as our speed still doesn't allow us to fight for the top places."

Alonso has 79 points after eight races and is placed fourth in the drivers' championship while Raikkonen has 19 points and is in 12th in the table.

Ferrari is third in the constructors' championship, 45 points behind Red Bull.

 

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