• Hungarian Grand Prix

Alonso thankful of 'gift'

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso was able to keep Sebastian Vettel behind him © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso said that his second place in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix was payback for the bad luck he had received earlier in the season.

Alonso was able to hold of Sebastian Vettel after the Red Bull driver received a drive through penalty for being too far behind the safety car. Despite his fortune, Alonso admitted he needs more such 'gifts' to contend for the title.

"I think we have some credit from this year's bad luck but if have five or six more gifts it is still not enough maybe," said Alonso. "The start was superb and we passed Mark thanks mainly to the clean side then we were side by side with Vettel in the first corner. Not able to overtake but very close.

"We tried to do a good Sunday with no mistakes, no penalties or anything and we found ourselves second. Mark was incredibly quick and the soft tyre was not so soft this weekend so he was able to do 40 laps with a set of tyres which is normally not the case. Overall I think it was a good weekend knowing that the pace was not good enough and we had 40 laps behind Vettel."