• Spanish Grand Prix

Alonso happy with second

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso celebrates finishing second © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso said he was extremely happy with finishing second behind Mark Webber in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having qualified fourth, Alonso looked set to finish where he started but gained two positions after Lewis Hamilton crashed out on the penultimate lap and Sebastian Vettel dropped back with brake problems.

"Now I feel extremely happy after the result today and when you gain two positions in last part of race, unexpected positions, it feels great, and you have a fantastic feeling right now," said Alonso. "Overall the weekend has been so-so for us, but in terms of result fantastic weekend for us. Fourth in qualifying, second in the race is fantastic for the team."

Although the result moved Alonso into second place in the drivers' standings, only three points behind leader Jenson Button, he admitted that there is much work to be done if Ferrari is to catch Red Bull.

"We need to improve, we know that. We saw this weekend, we saw we need to improve in some areas in the car, especially for qualifying.

"We learned some things this weekend. We worked again to maximise our potential. We know sometimes we will be third, sometimes fifth, sometimes first hopefully. As long as we do our best we can be satisfied."