• Malaysian Grand Prix

Alonso happy despite sixth

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso was pleased with Ferrari's ability to fight for the podium © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso said he was happy with his race despite finishing sixth in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Having started from fifth, the Ferrari showed better pace than was evident in qualifying and was even quick enough to close in on Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull at some stages of the race. Alonso's race was affected by a coming together with Lewis Hamilton late on, which eventually saw him penalised 20 seconds for causing a collision. Nevertheless he said he was pleased with how things had gone beforehand.

"I am happy with this race: not with the result but because we were finally competitive, capable of fighting wheel to wheel for a place on the podium. This is further motivation for the forthcoming race in China. We were not lucky: if the moveable rear wing had worked all the time, I could easily have passed Hamilton down the straight, but instead we had to fight hard.

He defended very well and, unfortunately, we touched: that broke my wing and I had to come back into the pits to change it, thus losing any chance of getting to the podium. These things happen: today went badly for me, but another time we will have better luck. Here, the car seemed capable of managing the tyres really well which meant I could fight with the others. With the package we have today, we cannot fight for the win, but I hope that changes soon."

Alonso also looked forward to the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend, when he said the team would have some new updates for the Ferarri 150th Italia.

"In Shanghai, we realise we can expect another difficult weekend. We will have something new, but we don't know how much progress it will see us make. Everyone knows that, at the moment, we just have to grit our teeth and that's what we will do. There is still a long way to go in the championship and we must leave nothing to chance."