Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2011

Alonso: Rosberg cost us shot at victory

2011 Turkish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2011

Fernando Alonso said he might have been able to challenge Sebastian Vettel for victory had he not got stuck behind Nico Rosberg at the start of the race.

Alonso said: “We lost a little bit of time behind Rosberg at the beginning of the race. So we [didn’t] thought any more the possibility to fight with Sebastian for P1, we concentrate on P2.

“I had a little bit of advantage, in terms of tyre degradation, in that part of the race compared to Mark. As Mark said we used the DRS and I was able to overtake him.

“And then in the last part of the race it was more or less the opposite. We had maybe a little bit of a disadvantage with tyre age, we lost the position again.”

However he said he was pleased with his car’s pace after taking Ferrari’s first podium finish of the year:

“I think we did a good weekend overall. The car performed a bit better than what we did in the first three race of the championship.

“So finally we enjoy racing again and we enjoy a race fighting for the podium positions, changing second and third positions through the race.”

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