Alonso began on the exhausting tyres and as others pitted he rose to second place, behind solely Sergio Perez, earlier than making a late first pit cease on the identical lap because the Crimson Bull driver.
The Spaniard was working in sixth when the rain got here in the direction of the tip of the race, and discovering extra grip than a few of his rivals he rose briefly to 3rd once more.
Nevertheless he stayed out a lap too lengthy earlier than altering to intermediates, and any shot at a podium was misplaced as he slipped again to an eventual sixth place.
“It was an excellent race clearly for us,” he mentioned. “The perfect race of the yr I’ve to say by way of efficiency. The automotive felt very quick, an excellent steadiness all through the race.
“We had been maintaining the tempo with Checo within the first stint. Then we switched to the medium tyre, and we had been capable of even overtake [Max] Verstappen at one level and draw back from him.
“Then it began a bit of bit drizzling on dry tyres and we overtook Daniel [Ricciardo], Checo and [Carlos] Sainz and we had been P3. So I feel the rostrum was potential at this time on benefit, the automotive was flying. And I used to be very joyful, however sadly the rain got here 5 laps to the tip.
“Some folks took some dangers, some folks different dangers, and we had been unfortunate, or the rostrum [finishers] for example had been very fortunate at this time, however in these situations it is at all times a lottery.”
Requested if he was unhappy to lose the rostrum or happy to have discovered efficiency within the automotive he mentioned: “We appear extremely aggressive, so we have to perceive if we did one thing totally different right here, attempt to hold [going] ahead for the following occasions, as a result of the automotive was very quick, in order that was a really constructive signal.
“For certain, I feel we needs to be on the rostrum at this time by way of executing the race and driving. We had been in entrance of Verstappen, we had been pulling away from him, we had been in entrance of Sainz.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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“[Lando] Norris did a tremendous race, and simply by luck he’s not on the rostrum or his first ever win in Components 1. So when it rains, it is only a very fortunate issue.
“And I am unhappy as a result of when we aren’t aggressive and we’re P11 or P12, it by no means rains, so we by no means get fortunate. And at this time that we’re P3, at this time it simply rained. So not unhappy. However undoubtedly we aren’t very fortunate.
“However each level we received this yr is on benefit, we by no means had any items this yr. So I am happy with each level that I took this yr.”
Alpine government director Marcin Budkowski welcomed Alonso’s consequence as a lift within the constructors’ championship, however added that a podium has been there for the taking had driver and staff optimised the timing of the change to moist tyres.
“We’ll take sixth place, we’ll take the eight factors, to zero to AlphaTauri and Aston Martin,” he informed Autosport. “So general within the championship we’re doing an excellent operation. However the silverware was on the desk.
“It is a difficult one in these situations. It begins to rain, it may well rain extra or it may well begin raining much less. It seemed prefer it was beginning to rain much less, and Fernando was doing very well on his dry tyres within the difficult situations, with gentle rain, spending some some automobiles.
“And the fact is had the rain depth decreased he would have been P2 most likely, or P1 if each [Lewis] Hamilton and Norris had pitted. However he would have been a P2.
“The rain picked up, we do not get that proper, so a bit disillusioned with not ending on the rostrum once we thought it was potential.
“However you possibly can’t get it proper each time. Some folks received it extra proper than us, and a few folks received it much less proper than us.”