Content Alonso urges Ferrari progress
30 June 2013 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has been left with mixed feelings following his podium finish in the British Grand Prix, admitting that although the result is “very good” for his championship standing, Ferrari needs to improve if he is to remain in the title hunt.
The Spaniard, who started from ninth after Paul di Resta's qualifying exclusion, carved his way through the field during an action-packed race, ultimately stealing the final podium position away from Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen on the penultimate lap.
Speaking after the race, Alonso commented: "I have mixed feelings. I’m happy to reduce the points gap, but the pace is not good enough. We recovered some points but we know there is a lot of work to do. We now look to the next race [in Germany]."
Discussing the bizarre nature of the race, Alonso added that he feels "very lucky" to have made the podium, with tyre failures hitting four drivers and main championship rival Sebastian Vettel being forced to retire from the lead amid technical troubles.
"With the Safety Car we lost six positions, but overall it was a very lucky race for us," he said. "Looking at the tyre problems some drivers had, it was lucky that we didn’t have any problems. And with Sebastian’s problem, we are also lucky to recover points."