Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso finished in third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday 24th, after being pipped to the higher podium stands by unsurprising the Red Bull drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The Red Bull team have conquered the season this year, but Alonso says he is happy with his final position.

Hours after claiming that he had no chance of winning, he said ‘A podium is the best way to end this long season. Finishing behind two Red Bulls almost tastes like a victory, as well as being the maximum we could have done today’. The Ferrari driver and twice World Champion went on to say ‘I like winning, but one has to be realistic; we don’t have much chance’.

The team had hoped that the day would see rain throughout the race, giving them the chance to switch to intermediates in the second half of the 71 lap Brazilian Grand Prix, however the chance never came. Alonso stated that ‘It was a difficult race for everyone, but unfortunately the rain didn’t come: I think we were more competitive in wet conditions but again, it seems as if it’s going to rain in any moment but it didn’t. It was a shame for us but at least we’re in the podium, so ending the season on a high and hopefully for next year we start with a completely new direction and a positive trend.’

Unsurprisingly, Vettel has secured pole position for the race and raced without pressure, after already securing his fourth World Championship in India last month. Vettel’s teammate Webber also took home a second place final stand, after declaring his retirement from the sport. The race saw a close battle between Webber and Alonso, with Webber having to twice pass the Spaniard, who he regularly named ‘The Spanish Lion’, to move into second place. Both careers have spanned the same amount of races, Alonso revealing that he will miss racing against the Australian. He mentioned that ‘It was nice to be the man batting with Mark in the last race, we were chatting on the podium about this’.

Alonso has been under pressure recently regarding his position with Mercedes, especially after his team mate Massa has lost his standing due to a bad performance overall for the yea r. However Team principal Stefano Domenicali called it “a wonderful race for Fernando” and an example of “a very aggressive Ferrari” which hopefully will pay dividends if carried through to the 2014 season. The plans for the future of Alonso and Ferrari are already underway as they strive to find a way to beat Red Bull in the next season next year.

 

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