Alonso encouraged by race recovery
25 August 2013 – Fernando Alonso concluded a rollercoaster weekend for the Ferrari team with an impressive rise from ninth to second during Sunday afternoon's Belgian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard, who made good use of the DRS overtaking device to pick off his rivals, found himself in the runner-up spot shortly after making his first pit-stop of the day, going on to cross the line 16.8 seconds adrift of ultimate winner Sebastian Vettel.
"We had to recover some places and everything went OK from the start," explained Alonso. "The car had speed to overtake some cars, but it was a little bit boring after we got second. Sebastian was ahead and there was not a big threat from behind."
Having been hindered by a poor qualifying performance in the Ardennes, Alonso is hopeful of a much smoother weekend when Ferrari arrives on home soil at Monza.
"It’s an important weekend for us and the team," added Alonso. "Last year we were very close to repeating the victory we got in 2010. We will arrive truly motivated again. At Monza we would like to give some smiles to the Tifosi – we will try our best."
Alonso's result moves him up to second position in the championship standings, although ongoing leader Sebastian Vettel now holds an advantage of 46 points.