Runner-up joy for Alonso

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso claimed second place in front of his home fans today at the Spanish GP.

Alonso ran strongly throughout the 66 laps at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, and while he would never have claimed P2 on merit, he did enough to put his Ferrari F10 in the perfect position when first Sebastian Vettel and then Lewis Hamilton hit problems in the closing stages of the race.

The result moves the Spaniard up to second in the drivers’ championship and leaves him just three points off the lead going into the seventh round on the F1 schedule, the Monaco GP, which takes place next weekend.

“I am happy with getting this second place in front of my fans: I am happy for them, but especially for the team, who have worked so hard this weekend without making mistakes. It’s true the result came in an unexpected way, but that’s racing,” said Alonso.

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