I’ll be happier in an hour, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso claimed to be ‘happy’ after finishing second to Mark
Webber in Sunday’s British Grand Prix, but admits that his optimism is
likely to be higher an hour after the race. The Spaniard, who was passed
in the closing stages after controlling things from pole position, had
led for most of the race.

Running a different strategy to Webber, the Ferrari driver was overtaken
while using the less durable Soft compound tyres in the latter laps of
the event.

The new-look F1 podium

The new-look F1 podium

“I’m
happy with second, but ten minutes after the race there is a bit of a
strange feeling because I did lose the victory,” Alonso described.

“I’m sure I will be much happier an hour from now. We still need to
close that last step to Red Bull. Having that that, we did lose seven
points to Mark today but at the same time we pulled further away from
the other guys, so it was a good Sunday for the championship.”

Alonso has won twice at Silverstone – for Renault in 2006 and Ferrari last season.

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