Was a decent race for Fernando Alonso, back on a track where the engine deficit doesn’t hamper the McLaren as much as somewhere like Monza, enroute to a seventh place finish.
Alonso got a good start and avoided the trouble at the start which involved a slow starting Max Verstappen, creating the clash between Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg. In the middle of the clash, it was the Spainard who would win finding himself in fifth, where he stayed for much of the race. Defenceless against a charging Sebastian Vettel, he then slipped down to seventh by the end of the race.
He said after the race, “Seventh was the maximum we could achieve today – the best of the rest after the two Mercedes, the two Red Bulls and the two Ferraris. We weren’t perhaps quite the fourth-fastest team here this weekend, so it’s thanks to good strategy and a good start that we were able to bring home this result.
“I chose to go on the outside at the start, and the crash didn’t affect me as I was already up into sixth at that point. Then I braked very late for the first corner and got past Daniil [Kvyat] and Kimi [Raikkonen]. Everything went fine – sometimes you just need to get lucky.
“For a time, I was even hoping for a podium finish – if something had happened ahead of me it could have worked out that way – but in fact it was one of those races in which nothing happened at the front.”