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Alonso was Ferrari’s saving grace once again in Austria

Jun 22, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

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Fernando Alonso endured another lonely race at today’s Austrian Grand Prix as he crossed the line in fifth place, some eighteen seconds behind race winner Nico Rosberg.

The Spaniard has been making the most of his lacklustre Ferrari F14 T car this season, and currently lies fourth in the drivers’ championship after eight rounds.

Today, he continued his record of scoring points in every race so far, but struggled to match the Mercedes cars out in front and the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Alonso appeared to improve his pace in the second half of today’s grand prix, and nearly caught Massa at the end. However, he says that the cars ahead were not running at their full speed, thus exaggerating his own pace.

“First of all the cars ahead had Perez slowing the group and we were catching up,” he explained. “They seemed to use the maximum power only a few laps in the race and they have so much advantage that they play with it a little bit.

“With Massa in the end, when I was close, he pulled away. Same with Hamilton on the first lap, it was unbelievable the difference between the two cars.

“I think if they ran with those settings every lap they would have lapped everyone, but they cannot do for the whole race.”

Once again though, Alonso was Ferrari’s top finisher in Austria. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, was largely anonymous during today’s race, save for one amusing radio call where he complained about a lack of power. The Finn crossed the line in tenth place.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Alonso continues to drive the wheels off of an inferior car to salvage better than the team deserves for finishes. The car was 10mph slower on the straights compared to Williams. Kim tried a desperation strategy that didn’t work.

    That should show just how far behind Ferrari is even if they are making some progress. The poor car performance is NOT from a lack of effort as the personnel on these F1 teams work their butts off. It’s just that Ferrari has some systemic internal issues that I don’t believe they have identified fully yet.

  2. testover6370 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Was the amusing radio call the one where Buxton talked over it and NBC never bothered to replay it? If so, does anyone know what was said?

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