Fernando Alonso says second place in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix was a “nice surprise”, adding that Ferrari took a risk to try and take the victory.
The Spaniard lined up in fifth place on the grid for the start of the race but lost a position on the opening lap. As the race progressed, Ferrari opted to give Alonso a long final stint on the option tyre.
He pitted for the final time with just under half of the race to go and despite failing to take the victory, he still managed to secure second place after a close fight to keep the two Mercedes drivers behind.
“I am extremely satisfied,” he said after the race at the Hungaroring. “It has been a tough weekend and season in general, so it is a nice surprise.
“We took a gamble and a risk today, trying to get the victory. We went close but as I said I am extremely proud of the team and the job we did today. Very, very happy.”
He added: “Well today we had a combination of things that make the race difficult to execute and understand. We took the opportunities and [used] our experience, we need some crazy races to get some podiums this year and today we took the opportunity.”
Kimi Raikkonen started down in 16th place but put in a good recovery drive to secure sixth place, which is his best result of the 2014 season so far.
The result is certainly a positive one for Ferrari after a difficult start to the season, as the sport now heads off for its summer break.
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