Fernando Alonso has labelled the Austrian Grand Prix as his “best race of the season”, due to the limited distance to race winners Mercedes in a Safety Car-free race.
The Spaniard was speaking a day after Qualifying fourth, the best Quali result for Ferrari so far this season. Starting fourth, Alonso lost the place to Hamilton on the first lap, but managed to maintain fifth to finish the best of the rest – behind the Mercedes and Williams drivers.
“I think that I can consider this to be my best race of the season,” Alonso said “Because finishing eighteen seconds off the Mercedes in a race without a Safety Car or any particular incidents, is a good result.
“It was impossible to keep Hamilton behind me and fifth place is really the best we could do today, because the first four cars were quicker and therefore deserved to finish ahead of us.
“We pushed hard all race without any problems, which means that little by little, we are improving. Sure, there’s still a long way to go but the aim is still to do well and score points. Each track is a different story and we will always try our best.”
Alonso’s words come as Ferrari have reportedly offered him an extension to his contract which expires at the end of 2016. Since Alonso joined the team, they have won no titles due to the dominance of Red Bull and then Mercedes, but Alonso was a close challenger in both 2010 and 2012.
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