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Fernando Alonso claimed to be ‘happy’ after finishing second to Mark Webber in Sunday’s British Grand Prix, but admits that his optimism is likely to be higher an hour after the race. The Spaniard, who was passed in the closing stages after controlling things from pole position, had led for most of the race.
Running a different strategy to Webber, the Ferrari driver was overtaken while using the less durable Soft compound tyres in the latter laps of the event.
“I’m happy with second, but ten minutes after the race there is a bit of a strange feeling because I did lose the victory,” Alonso described.
“I’m sure I will be much happier an hour from now. We still need to close that last step to Red Bull. Having said that, we did lose seven points to Mark today but at the same time we pulled further away from the other guys, so it was a good Sunday for the championship.”
Alonso has won twice at Silverstone – for Renault in 2006 and Ferrari last season.
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