Alonso content with podium finish

Following a fourth-straight podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso reveals he is confident of his prospects for the rest of the season.

Alonso enjoying some champagne


Fernando Alonso: "Another podium finish, the fourth in a row: we have been competitive on four tracks with different characteristics and certainly this July, in weather that definitely does not suit our car. So that gives me confidence for the rest of the championship, even if now I can't wait to pause for breath.

"It has been a very busy and stressful July and I think that everyone, especially the team members, deserve a couple of weeks holiday. When we start again, let's hope we finally get some warm weather, even though that cannot be taken for granted at Spa. I got away well at the start but then, at the first corner, I had some difficulty in terms of traction and Michael managed to pass me.

"After that, various incidents in the early stages cost me valuable time behind the Mercedes and then Webber. At that moment, we decided to pit early and switch to a four stop strategy: the plan worked out and that was how we made it to the podium. Sure, even the others had some difficult moments but we did a good job of staying on track with the dry tyres when it began to rain again.

"At that moment, we were not very fast on the Super Soft, but we did not panic and then we switched to the Soft. It was a very interesting and exciting race and I want to congratulate Jenson, who celebrated his two hundredth Formula 1 race in the best way possible."

Felipe Massa: "It was a difficult race with the rain coming and going. My afternoon was ruined when I went off the track on lap 8. The back end of the car hit the barriers and I was scared the car might be too damaged to continue, but my engineer told me I could keep going.

"I lost so much time because of that and even if I made some nice passing moves and moved up the order, I am still annoyed at not having been able to fight for a podium finish as I probably could have done. When it began to rain after lap 40 - but also at the start - the conditions were very difficult: you had to absolutely avoid the white lines because they were extremely slippery and it was like driving on ice.

"Now we have a bit of a holiday: I will head back to Brazil to be with my family and I always enjoy spending time in my country. I am sure that when I come back to Europe, it will mark the start of a second part of the championship, a better one than the first."

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel: "I was struggling a little in the first stint on the intermediate tyres. Lewis was a bit faster and then I went into Turn 2 too deep, it was quite tricky - he was pushing quite hard and I tried to be on the edge. At some stage I realised it would be too late, so I opened the car because I know the white lines and the green paint afterwards is very slippery, so it's easy to have a spin, and I lost the lead.

"After that the track surface was drying. I think we could have maybe come in a lap earlier and then I was on the super-softs - I was feeling quite good initially, but there was quite a lot of drop off, I think it was the same for all of us. In the last stint, I did feel I had more speed in the car, but with 20 laps to go it was difficult to know how hard it was going to be at the end, so I couldn't push as hard as I would have liked, but still, second today [Sunday] is an important step.

"The McLarens are strong in all sorts of conditions and it's clear that for two races now they have made a step forward; we need to make sure we come back strong for the next race."

Mark Webber: "It was a good race - quite enjoyable; I made the right call to go for the slicks at the right time, but when the rain came I thought it was going to be heavier - so I went for the intermediate tyres, but it didn't come. The team didn't say too much about the rain, so I thought it was a bit of a surprise shower, but I made the decision to go for the intermediates.

"It didn't work out for Lewis and I with this gamble - and it looks stupid in hindsight when the track dries out, but if it had rained strong enough for another few minutes, then it would have been the right tyre.

"So, it's a fine line and to get yourself back in the game sometimes you have to role a dice. I'm fine with the decision I made, it's on my head and the team did a good job this weekend."

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