Fernando Alonso says he was able to pass the two McLaren drivers early in the Indian Grand Prix because they were too busy fighting each other.
Speaking to reporters after the race Alonso said: “It was a difficult race I think for us extracting the maximum from the car.
“The start was good then it went as planned after turn three overtaking the two McLarens. Anyway they forgot that I was there.
“I think inside that team there is not a very good atmosphere at the moment so they were fighting each other and they forgot that I was in the middle.
“But we managed to escape without any incident and then overtake [Lewis] Hamilton in that manoeuvre and Jenson [Button] a couple of laps later.”
“After that we concentrated on Red Bull. Mark [Webber] was very strong but at the end with KERS problems etc… we managed to overtake him. Let’s say it’s damage limitation in this race but I am sure we will fight more and stronger next month.”
Asked if he still believed in his championship chances Alonso said: “I think more now”.
“I am more positive now because when we started we have ten points with fifth place. Now we have 18 with this second place so I think we gained eight points today, not lose seven points with Sebastian. I think today we will remember this race.”
Alonso added more updates for his car “will come”.
“Then we need to test it and see if they offer us some performance but we must close the gap with Red Bull,” he added.
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