Fernando Alonso says Romain Grosjean was too aggressive at the start of the race and is pleased the Lotus driver was penalised later on.
Alonso said he knew his race hinged on making a good start: “We thought that the start was our only opportunity because we were not quick enough.”
“In the start we didn’t maximise the good start we did. Grosjean was concentrating only me, maybe he forgot that we are racing 24 [sic] cars.”
“But I was happy that he paid penalty after with Jenson* to compensate a little bit his aggressivity.”
However Alonso admitted the root of Ferrari’s problems at the Hungaroring was a lack of performance:
“At the end we didn’t have the pace. We were too slow with the soft, we were too slow with the medium. So you know we defend from Webber, from Button, from Romain at the end so we were always defending because we were too slow in the race.
“Thanks to Hamilton and to Kimi [Raikkonen] the loss in points in the championship is not so high but obviously we want to close that gap and we need to improve immediately.”
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