Alpine’s Fernando Alonso has stated that he was happy to score points in Silverstone at the British Grand Prix, in a fifth consecutive point finish. The Spaniard finished P7 in a stellar race for both himself and Alpine.
The race at Silverstone saw an opening lap incident between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, which saw the former suffer a 51G crash. After the shunt, Verstappen was brought to the hospital as a safety measure. Alonso, when asked, had no particular opinion on the matter.
“I have seen the incident repeated. Difficult to evaluate. Lewis was already with half a car inside, not that he threw himself like crazy. Max knew he was there,” Alonso said.
“Hamilton was very lucky to continue because it is a touch in the that normally the two of them go away. Did he win the race equally or not? Then it doesn’t change much.”
As the race progressed, Alonso kept Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll within DRS range as a tactical move, to defend against Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who was clearly faster than them. This paid off as the Spaniard was able to score six points today, and Alonso talked about his drive today.
“Stroll stopped our rivals. I had more rhythm, but having DRS with us was our best defense. Vettel spun, he was too eager in the first corners. The tires were through the roof, it was very hot,” Alonso explained.
“I’m happy. We started seventh and we gained a position with Max, although we lost later with Carlos. We took good points, we had good fights and tire management has been good. We wanted to have Stroll close, as he was our best. defense against Checo.”