Alonso says 97th career podium was "like a victory"

Alonso Hungary podium

Fernando Alonso says finishing second in yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix felt “like a victory”.

The Spaniard came within a few laps of securing what would have been a shock first win of the season, but was passed late on by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was running much newer tyres.

But despite coming so close to victory, the Ferrari star was nevertheless pleased after the race.

"Just 10 laps to the end we were discussing if we stop and secure the fourth place we really needed [for] those points," reflected Alonso afterwards.

"It was a difficult call: stopping and finishing fourth or keep going and risking the cliff with the tyres and finishing fourth or fifth or whatever.

"At the end we chose the right thing - stay out, defend the position as best we could and secure this second place that feels like a victory at the moment.

"It was a complex race to execute, because there were some difficulties that made the 70 laps not straightforward.

"You just need to make the decisions during the race and all of them were together with the team, and I think we did the best we could."

The result was Ferrari’s best since last year’s Singapore Grand Prix and has elevated the team back ahead of Williams in the Constructors’ Championship. It also represented Alonso’s 97th Formula One podium finish, a total bettered only by Michael Schumacher (155) and Alain Prost (106).