Beginning on the entrance row alongside polesitter Sergio Perez, Alonso was unable to comply with the Mexican within the dominant Crimson Bull and needed to concede one other spot to eventual winner Max Verstappen within the sister RB19.
After taking his fourth podium in 5 grands prix, Alonso conceded his crew’s perspective on success is beginning to shift.
However he’s conscious that it could take extreme Crimson Bull misfortune for him to complete any increased.
“I believe at first of the yr a podium was wonderful. Now after 4 podiums we clearly need extra, and at the very least a second place,” Alonso mentioned.
“However the two Crimson Bulls are all the time unbreakable, and they’re all the time tremendous quick. However as I mentioned possibly Monaco, possibly Barcelona we’ve got a chance.”
Aston’s rivals Mercedes and Ferrari each struggled on race tempo, leaving Alonso in no man’s land to complete 21 seconds behind second-placed Perez and 7 seconds forward of Mercedes’ George Russell.
On his cruise to 3rd the two-time world champion even took the time to go with team-mate Lance Stroll on a tidy overtake he had noticed on the massive screens across the Miami Worldwide Autodrome.
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23
Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Alonso admitted he had anticipated a fiercer battle this weekend as Ferrari and Mercedes could not again up their latest enhancements in Baku and Melbourne respectively.
“A little bit little bit of a lonely race right now and nothing actually to do in entrance of us with the Crimson Bulls and behind us,” he shrugged.
“Possibly we did count on a little bit bit stronger opposition, however the Ferraris have been a bit worse than anticipated right now. So yeah, it is by no means simple, nevertheless it was a lonely race.
“We take the rostrum and going into the triple-header of Imola, Monaco and Barcelona, at which hopefully we will carry on going.”
Alonso has now scored 15 factors in each 2023 race weekend to this point, lacking the rostrum in Baku however including to his tally there in 2023’s first dash race.
At 75 factors the Spaniard heads to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in two weeks’ time with a 19-point benefit on Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton within the battle for third behind the elusive Crimson Bulls.