We're still in the fight, Alonso insists
20 April 2014 – Fernando Alonso says he and Ferrari are "still in the fight" for title glory this season after finishing third in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Having qualified on the third row, Alonso outraced Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel to claim the final podium spot.
The result moved Alonso up to third in the championship standings, while his Ferrari team climbed ahead of McLaren and into fourth place.
"It was a good weekend," he said. "We improved the car a little bit and it felt more competitive. The podium is a surprise, but a nice surprise...
"We didn't have the start to the season we would have liked but at the end of the day we're still in the fight."
Alonso says he was "very lucky" to finish after his first corner collision with Felipe Massa, who placed his Williams between the Spaniard and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel following a lightning getaway from sixth position.
"[It was a] big contact," he said. "We very luckily managed to finish. Hopefully the next one will be a clean start!"