“Podium tastes like a victory” – Alonso

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2014Fernando Alonso said his second podium finish of the year felt like a victory despite losing the lead of the race in the final laps.

The Ferrari driver fell behind Daniel Ricciardo with two laps to go, but felt he could have held on for longer had Lewis Hamilton resisted the Red Bull driver for a few more laps.

“It was difficult but Lewis had the medium tyres which was a little bit less grippy, I had a bit of an advantage in level of grip there,” said Alonso to reporters after the race.

“Obviously I wanted Lewis to take second position and to hold Ricciardo a little bit longer because that was a help for me but when I saw Ricciardo passing Hamilton I was only one lap in front of Daniel at that stage because he was so fast. With Hamilton it was a little bit easier.”

Alonso took the lead of the race by staying out after the Safety Car came out for a second time, which put him in a position to claim his best finish of the season so far.

“With the last Safety Car we saw Ricciardo and Massa pitting, we stay out, we had the opportunity to lead the race and control the race from the lead and we thought that was the best decision,” he explained.

“We struggled a little bit in the last part with the tyres but this podium obviously tastes like a victory.”

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37 comments on “Podium tastes like a victory” – Alonso

  1. Tyrotoxic (@tyrotoxic) said on 27th July 2014, 16:39

    Fantastic drive from Alonso

  2. puneeth Bharath (@puneethvb) said on 27th July 2014, 16:40

    Epic drive fro Alonso… so badly wanted to see hi win this one

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 27th July 2014, 16:40

    Great Race from Alonso. I thought he will win this one….

    Superb last minute overtake by Ricciardo to steal that Victory

  4. Old Lightnin (@lightnin-hopkins) said on 27th July 2014, 16:41

    Fernando really is the best. Imagine if he ever gets a car thats fastest or atleast equally as fast as any other car on the grid…

  5. DaveW (@dmw) said on 27th July 2014, 16:42

    Lewis will be out one (obviously fancy) fruit basket come Christmas. But Alonso was amazing today. After he went off at the chicane, I thought his tires were done and he would just slide off the road on his own if Hamilton didn’t nail him first. But he was like a terrier up there. Unbelievable.

  6. evered7 (@evered7) said on 27th July 2014, 16:46

    Alonso! Nothing more to be said about this man.

    Ferrari better get their act together. They owe him a faster car big time.

    • Jules Winfield (@jules-winfield) said on 27th July 2014, 17:00

      They’ve been owing him a faster car since he first joined the team.

      At some point, he’s got to say “enough is enough” and take his chances elsewhere (wherever that may be).

      • evered7 (@evered7) said on 27th July 2014, 17:24

        The issue is that he is probably at the best place possible. Merc/RB are settled. Williams might be an option but are not guaranteed to be this competitive next season. The less said about McLaren the better.

        His only hope is that the car’s Aero is good when the engine eventually comes good.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 27th July 2014, 19:40

      That’s why James Allison didn’t show up in the last GP’s and stayed in Maranello working flat out on the next year’s car (project 666)

      • matiascasali (@matiascasali) said on 27th July 2014, 20:41

        it’s a satanic project? it makes sense :D

      • evered7 (@evered7) said on 28th July 2014, 1:17

        @tifoso1989 With the wind tunnel issues sorted, I see no reason why Ferrari should not be able to build the fastest car next season. They have been good reliability wise hope that continues as well.

        Loving the fight between RB and Ferrari these days.

  7. JCost (@jcost) said on 27th July 2014, 16:48

    Fernando Alonso really is a great racer. Top of the crop, too bad Ferrari failed again in providing him the proper equipment to fight for a well deserved WDC #3.

  8. Breno (@austus) said on 27th July 2014, 16:55

    That was a great performance from Alonso. He managed, what, 30 plus laps on softs? And kept the fastest man in the weekend behind him. Unfornately Ricciardo made two great passes by the very end of the race and took the win, very much deserved. Well, there’s always next race.’

  9. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th July 2014, 17:07

    No words to describe this man. Still mantain he’s the best of the lot.

  10. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 27th July 2014, 17:45

    I was in complete awe of that man yet again today. He’s not a driver, he’s a magician.

    I’ve been watching Formula 1 for almost two decades now. I’ve seen some of the greats come and go, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man as good as Alonso barring one exception: Michael Schumacher. I think in terms of intelligence, car control, wheel-to-wheel racing, defensive driving, tactical thinking and consistency as well as an almost surreal ability to feel the car and tyres under them and be then able to know exactly how much they can push them, those two men stand alone in my time watching live races. Alonso’s driving today had all of the above.

    It really is a joy to watch a true master at work every Sunday. No driver is perfect but Alonso is damn close. I hope that he gets a few more Championships before he retires, but even if he doesn’t he’s one of the all time greats in my book.

  11. Slava (@) said on 27th July 2014, 18:20

    That is too much for Alonso. It’s a shame that he will never again get the fastest car.
    Incredible effort, I thought it is almost impossible to drive like that and finish in the 2nd place.

  12. It’s not often that I compliment Alonso, but all weekend he has been exceptional. I know who my DOTW vote is going to.

  13. sasho (@ferrist) said on 27th July 2014, 18:59

    Great race for Alonso, really outstanding performance.

  14. Jack (@jmc200) said on 27th July 2014, 19:33

    The man’s a wizard, a boss, a maestro, a legend. That was his 97th podium, only Michael and Prost have more, amazing.

  15. Alex (@alexny67) said on 27th July 2014, 19:50

    Alonso is a master driver, hands down. He deserves more. It’s a shame the car is no par for his quality at the moment.

  16. Eugen (@eugenius) said on 27th July 2014, 20:36

    Driver of the weekend, clearly. Congrats!

  17. Paul2013 said on 27th July 2014, 20:57

    His driving was wonderful, it was amazing to see him… Bravo!

  18. trotter said on 28th July 2014, 1:34

    I can’t type 100 lines of awe here, so I’ll just say I’m left speechless! I mean, I wouldn’t even know where to start with pointing out all of the unbelievable qualities this great man possesses. From the moment he left the pits for the last time, he knew what he had to do and took every corner with that in mind. It just one of those drives that make you happy for being a fan of this sport. To witness such a skill is a privilege in itself. When as a fan of Alonso, I can even enjoy him finishing 2nd or 3rd, just because his drive was more than enough to display that this man is one of the greatest to have ever entered this sport.
    A pure art. Something that is making you richer in spirit just by witnessing it.

  19. Jabosha (@jabosha) said on 28th July 2014, 4:07

    As he’s who I root for, I think he’s the best on the grid based on the cars he’s been driving lately. It’s a shame ferarri can’t produce a truly competitive car for him.

  20. Todfod (@todfod) said on 28th July 2014, 7:18

    Masterclass with Fernando.

    Talk about punching above the machinery’s weight

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