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Alonso admits he was eyeing podium finish as leaders battled in front of him around Silverstone, as Ocon reflects on Lap 1 crash | Formula 1®

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Fernando Alonso reckons his run to fifth place within the British Grand Prix was Alpine’s finest race of the 12 months – however says he was even eyeing a podium because the automobiles in entrance of him engaged in some dramatic wheel-to-wheel racing within the remaining laps.

The veteran Spaniard certified seventh and had an awesome begin to stand up to P5 on the opening lap, earlier than the crimson flag got here out for Zhou Guanyu’s crash, placing him again to P7 for the restart.

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But thereafter he had a textbook Alonso race, climbing to fifth when he was capable of pit underneath the Safety Car and jump Lando Norris forward of him.

But with Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez preventing it out with some onerous racing simply forward of him on the observe within the closing laps, Alonso was able to pounce if any of them made an error.

“It was shut. When I noticed them preventing that onerous and practically touching one another I stated ‘okay, in the event that they contact with two automobiles it’s sufficient to be on the rostrum’,” he said after the race. “But in the long run I’m very pleased with fifth. It was an excellent race pace-wise from us from the start.

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“Even the first start was mega – P5 – but unfortunately because of the rules I positioned myself P7 again, so I had to do it again. It was probably the best race for us in the championship.”

Alonso’s end result additionally helped Alpine minimize the hole to McLaren to 6 factors within the combat for P4 within the constructors’ championship – although the two-time champion was aggrieved that Leclerc was not punished for weaving, as Alonso was two weeks ago in Canada.

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“This circuit – we knew that for McLaren, it would be one of the best with the high-speed corners, and we were matching them for pace so definitely our package is working well and this P5 feels good, even though I have to say I expected P4 because Charles was moving three or four times in front of Hamilton on the back straight. I moved once in Canada and I had five seconds’ penalty, so I think by moving three times it would be 15 seconds’ penalty for Charles, unfortunately!”

Team mate Esteban Ocon, in the meantime, largely had a weekend to neglect. After qualifying fifteenth, he was then caught up within the first-lap crash, and although the staff repaired his automobile in time for the restart, he was ultimately pressured to retire with a gas pump drawback.


Ocon managed to limp again to the pits after being hit by Alex Albon on the primary begin

“The very first thing to return out of in the present day, the very best information, is that Zhou is ok. We’re very blissful to listen to that he’s okay as a result of it was a really scary crash,” the Frenchman stated.

“I had a very good launch, went round Yuki [Tsunoda] in the beginning, however every part within the entrance that occurred, I attempted to keep away from it and managed to keep away from it, not hit something. But Alex [Albon] got here spinning and hit my wheel. I managed to deliver again the automobile – simply – in the back of the grid and the blokes repaired it, and did a improbable job.

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“We had a flying launch on the beginning after that – once more, like 5 locations or one thing like that, which was nice and a very good race from there on. We had been going to complete sixth or seventh, it was going to be a very good one, however sadly, the gas pump problem.

“So a tricky day: yesterday, quali issues with the battery energy and in the present day the gas pump. So we have to evaluate and are available again stronger.”

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