Alonso began on the laborious 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 Purple Bull driver.
The Spaniard was operating in sixth when the rain got here in direction of the top of the race, and discovering extra grip than a few of his rivals he rose briefly to 3rd once more.
Nonetheless 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 race clearly for us,” he stated. “The most effective race of the yr I’ve to say when it comes to efficiency. The automotive felt very quick, steadiness all through the race.
“We have been maintaining the tempo with Checo within the first stint. Then we switched to the medium tyre, and we have 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 have been P3. So I believe the rostrum was attainable right now on advantage, the automotive was flying. And I used to be very comfortable, however sadly the rain got here 5 laps to the top.
“Some folks took some dangers, some folks different dangers, and we have been unfortunate, or the rostrum [finishers] for instance have been very fortunate right now, however in these situations it is all the time a lottery.”
Requested if he was unhappy to lose the rostrum or happy to have discovered efficiency within the automotive he stated: “We appear extremely aggressive, so we have to perceive if we did one thing totally different right here, attempt to maintain [going] ahead for the following occasions, as a result of the automotive was very quick, in order that was a really optimistic signal.
“For positive, I believe we ought to be on the rostrum right now when it comes to executing the race and driving. We have been in entrance of Verstappen, we have been pulling away from him, we have been in entrance of Sainz.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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“[Lando] Norris did an incredible race, and simply by luck he isn’t on the rostrum or his first ever win in Method 1. So when it rains, it is only a very fortunate issue.
“And I am unhappy as a result of when we’re not aggressive and we’re P11 or P12, it by no means rains, so we by no means get fortunate. And right now that we’re P3, right now it simply rained. So not unhappy. However positively we’re not very fortunate.
“However each level we bought this yr is on advantage, we by no means had any items this yr. So I am happy with each level that I took this yr.”
Alpine govt 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 workforce 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 advised Autosport. “So general within the championship we’re doing operation. However the silverware was on the desk.
“It is a difficult one in these situations. It begins to rain, it might rain extra or it might begin raining much less. It appeared 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 in all probability, 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 after we thought it was attainable.
“However you possibly can’t get it proper each time. Some folks bought it extra proper than us, and a few folks bought it much less proper than us.”