'Nice surprise' for Alonso and Ferrari
27 July 2014 – Fernando Alonso says finishing on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium came as a "nice surprise" to himself and his Ferrari team.
The Spaniard was involved in the victory fight during Sunday afternoon's wet/dry race at the Hungaroring, going wheel-to-wheel with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages.
He was ultimately passed by Ricciardo with two laps remaining, but kept Hamilton at bay to finish second – his first rostrum since China.
"It's been a tough weekend and a tough season for us, so this is a nice surprise," Alonso explained to the gathered media after the race.
"We risked, trying to get the victory. I'm extremely proud of the team and the job we did. I'm very, very happy."
Alonso has admitted that it will take more "crazy races" for Ferrari to enjoy further success in 2014.
"Today we had a combination of things which made it difficult to execute and understand," he added.
"We took the opportunity and had the experience. We need crazy races to get on the podium this year."
Kimi Räikkönen added to Ferrari's points haul in sixth, helping to move the team back ahead of Williams.