Fernando Alonso has said that second was as 'good a result as he could have hoped for' following the form of McLaren this weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Alonso, who eventually finished second, profiting after Juan Montoya had an off-track excursion near the finish, following a coming together with the Jordan of Tiago Monteiro one lap earlier, added though that what concerns him, is that fact he had no answer to eventual race winner, Kimi Raikkonen.

"It was a nice surprise at the end," said the Renault ace in the post-event press conference when asked about grabbing the runners-up spot at the death.

"I saw the yellow flags on the straight but you cannot see the corner because it is a little bit uphill. It surprised me when I saw Montoya and the Jordan there and they had spun. It was two laps from the end. I nearly overtook Montoya but it was not possible and then it came to turn eight and I think he had damage in his car, he didn't have the perfect car in turn eight so went wide and I overtook him, so it was a nice surprise at the end but it is a little bit disappointing because we were not fighting with the McLarens, we were a bit slower than them, but this result is much better."

Talking about his strategy in general, the Spaniard confirmed that their approach was 'slightly different to normal'.

"We qualified quite early Saturday, when the track was slower, and that meant we had to try something unusual to get a good grid position," he explained.

"So we were quite light, and got a clean first stint - which meant we could run without traffic for the rest of the race. From my point of view, I knew the McLarens were faster so I concentrated on doing a race with no mistakes, and driving consistently: the car was reliable again, and I had some luck with Montoya's problems as well. But you know, sometimes you can make your own luck - I kept the pressure on, and it paid off because I was close enough to take advantage.

"In terms of the championship, we know McLaren are faster - but this was as good a result as I could have hoped for."



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