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Alonso: 'It was a race to be calm'

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso took his first win of the season © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso said he knew he could challenge for victory in the British Grand Prix as long as he remained patient and didn't make mistakes.

Alonso eventually won the race by over 15 seconds as he inherited the lead from Sebastian Vettel when Red Bull had a delayed pit stop. Once in clear air Alonso pulled away comfortably, although Vettel was stuck behind Lewis Hamilton for a number of laps during the middle part of the race. Alonso said he was unsure if Ferrari was now quicker than Red Bull, but that as the race unfolded he knew he was competitive enough to challenge for the win.

"Obviously the race was in very different conditions; we started with a very wet part in the circuit, then it was a little bit dryer but still we thought we needed intermediate tyres. Then the intermediates were struggling a little bit and we were very quick in that part of the race, and then with the dry tyres it was the same thing - very slow at the beginning when the track was damp and very quick when the track was dry.

"So I knew it was a race to be calm, to put the car always on the track, no mistakes, to not be off the track at any moment because the grass obviously was very wet and with no mistakes then we knew the car had enough pace to fight for the victory and at the end it came."

Alonso also said his battle with Hamilton in the middle of the race was a case of being patient, before finally putting pressure on the Red Bull's to try and force an error - a tactic he says Ferrari will continue to employ.

"[Hamilton] overtook me quite easily. When we fitted the dry tyres he was very quick at that part of the race, so we were fourth, we stayed calm and we knew that our opportunity would be later in the race. When I overtook him again it was thanks to the DRS and thanks to the KERS and all of the possibilities that we have these days, and then we attacked the Red Bull's.

"From now on it will always be the same thing; every race we'll try to do like a final. Our championship hopes are very difficult because Sebastian keeps finishing all of the races first and second so the only thing we can do is try to win every race we go to and be very aggressive. Every race, every start, every strategy will be at the maximum."

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