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Alonso boosted by fourth.

Fernando Alonso was delighted with his fourth place finish at the Italian GP last weekend, a result that moves Renault up to joint fourth in the constructors' championship and puts the team level on points with rivals Toyota.

Alonso, who started eighth, opted for a long first stint, but he was one of the first to switch to wet tyres on lap 30 with his one stop strategy.

It proved to be the right move as the track continued to dry and move towards the wet tyres, allowing the Spaniard to rise to fourth at the chequered flag, finishing ahead of the likes of Felipe Massa and ex-team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"I am very happy," said the two-time world champion. "The result today is very good because Monza was supposed to be the race that we were looking forward to the least.

"We made up the five points that we needed in our championship fight, which is really rewarding and a big source of motivation for the rest of the season. I am now curious to see what awaits us in Singapore."

Nelson Piquet Jr meanwhile finished tenth in the other R28, having fought his way back following a poor run in qualifying.

"I had a good fight through the pack today and my pace was good considering the fuel load that I started with, which is quite satisfying," noted the Brazilian.

"Unfortunately I finished outside the points, but I think that everything was decided in qualifying. I want to remain positive and will now concentrate on preparing for the next race in Singapore."

"We could have finished on the podium today, but we still had a great race and have gained ground on Toyota, which was our objective. In these difficult conditions, our two drivers performed well and had good drives," Renault boss Flavio Briatore summed-up. "For the four races to come, we will now try to build on this to finish in fourth place in the championship."


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