It was a very positive day for Fernando Alonso, who converted his starting P7 into fifth place at the checkered flag, just a second behind Charles Leclerc's Ferrari with the veteran Alpine driver able to close up on the leading pack thanks to a Safety Car triggered on Lap 39 by his team mate Esteban Ocon, whose car ground to a halt on the old pit straight.
“It was a fun race, which we are happy to finish in fifth place,” commented the Spaniard,
“I was hoping for a few more race incidents at the end, which would have helped us fight our way to the podium, but the battle between the top five cars was really fun.
"Looking at the weekend as a whole, I think the car was very good and I felt better than any other race I've had so far this season. Pace-wise we were very good since the first start,” said Alonso.
However, according to technical rules, in case a red flag is triggered, cars must go back to the position they were in a lap before the race interruption.
“At the second start I had to position myself P7 again but I’m very happy today”
“This was probably the best race we had since the start of the championship”
Lastly, he claimed that he expected to see his P5 finish at the British Grand Prix upgraded to P4 after witnessing some controversial defending tactics from Charles Leclerc.
The last seven laps of the race saw an exciting battle between Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz.
Leclerc, left vulnerable on hard compounds, was forced to do all he could to keep the rest of the pack behind him and changed direction too many times, according to Alonso.
“I think we should have finished fourth though because I saw Charles [Leclerc] zigzag several times past Lewis [Hamilton] and, compared to what happened to me in Canada, I think that's not allowed and that he should have been penalized.
"I did that only once in Canada and I got a five-second penalty on the last lap, so I don't think three movements are allowed."
Alonso was then told that Perez is being investigated for his own driving standards during the late-race fight.
The Spaniard laughed: "Sure, maybe third for me then. After the race, there is always action!
"I don't have to go to the stewards today so I can have fun from outside [the steward's room], I hope".