Renault's Fernando Alonso took a 'lonely' third at the Hungarian Grand Prix today [Sunday], 44 seconds behind the two Ferrari's of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello and 20 seconds up on Juan Montoya, who was next up for Williams.

Speaking at the end of the race, the Spaniard was pleased with the result, especially as it was won at the start, when he leapt from fifth to third at the first corner, a position he held with ease to the chequered flag.

"It was a pretty calm race for me, maybe a little bit lonely even," reflected Alonso.

"The start was a bit close when [Takuma] Sato tried to block me and I had to brake a little, which might have cost me second position at the first corner. Once I was in third, though, it was just a matter of managing the gap to [Juan] Montoya and maintaining a constant pace.

"I didn't make any mistakes, and neither did the team during the pit-stops. I am quite pleased to score my second podium in a row, and it was good to finish ahead of our main rivals."

Team boss, Flavio Briatore had mixed feelings at the end of the day, and while he was happy with their sixth podium of the year, Jarno Trulli's retirement on lap 41, when the engine cut out following a loss of oil pressure was a blot on their copybook, especially as they want to secure second in the constructors'.

"Ferrari were unbeatable today, but I am pleased for Fernando that he got onto the podium again," said Briatore. "The R24 was fast at this circuit and our consistency in the race was very good.

"However, when you are fighting for second in the championship, you need two cars in the points at each race. We didn't manage that today, but it will be imperative to do so if we want to maintain our position until the end of the season."

 

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