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Fernando Alonso buoyed by podium finish in Montreal

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso fought hard for his podium place © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso admitted he was happy with a welcome return to form after finishing third in the Canadian Grand Prix although he said he could have won the race.

Alonso, who finished behind Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, had been ahead of both Mclarens at different points in the race but let Hamilton through when caught trying to pass the slower Sebastien Buemi before Button pounced when he was behind Karun Chandhok's HRT.

"I think it was a good day for us, the car was very competitive here in Canada," said Alonso. "I had a good opportunity to win today, fighting with Lewis, we overtook him with a fantastic job in the pitlane.

"We were really close, we had some good fights and it was a good feeling for me to come back in a position to win the race, and being on the podium. We lost position with traffic and then lost another position - we lost 10 points with those from 25 to 15.

Following on from Ferrari's poor performance in Turkey, Alonso says the team is heading in the right direction for the races to come.

"It was a great recovery for the championship, we were 50 seconds behind McLaren in Turkey and fighting for the win here. We are moving in right direction here and I think we are back in the fight."