Fernando Alonso has called his fifth place finish in Hungary 'a little present' after the drama unfolding around him enabled the Spaniard to claim McLaren's best result of the season.

A number of flashpoints involving the front runners saw the two-time F1 world champion to carve his way through the pack to take the chequered flag ahead of Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The top five marked his best result since Singapore last year when he managed fourth place with Ferrari.

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"Fifth is unbelievable. The race was chaotic in some parts and we took advantage of all the opportunities given to us to maximise the result," Alonso said. "Fifth is a little present to us as we are not super competitive at this moment."

Reflecting on the on-track action, of which he and team-mate Jenson Button steered clear of, Alonso says the race was a fitting tribute to Jules Bianchi and a wonderful advert for the sport. Just before the race a minutes silence was held in honour of the former Marussia driver who passed away last weekend.

"It has not been an easy weekend especially when we had the minute of silence, it was very emotional to get into the cockpit," he explained. "We are 20 very, very lucky people working in our passion, our sport, like Jules did. We are privileged to race and as a respect to him and the sport I think we put on a good show.

"We love this sport and love racing and this type of race today is what kids love when they are passionate about Formula 1. Hopefully the kids today saw the race and want to become Formula 1 drivers."