Fernando Alonso was not too disheartened to come away with third position on the grid for the British Grand Prix, the reigning champion admitting he did his best and as such his best was only good enough for the second row of the grid.

Although he has played a significant supporting role to McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton this weekend, Alonso looked to be coming to the fore when it mattered after topping both knockout qualifying sessions prior to the top ten shootout.

However, while Alonso went quickest briefly with only a couple of minutes remaining, both Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton were able to out pace him and drop him to third position by the chequered flag.

Still, Alonso, who was bidding for a third straight Silverstone pole position, was not dwelling on the fact he has been out-qualified by Hamilton for the fourth consecutive meeting and was now looking forward to the race.

"I am quite happy with the car and we performed well today. Obviously I wanted to be on pole position but third place was the best we could do. Hopefully tomorrow in the race the car will continue to be strong and our strategy will give us the chance to improve on this.

"I was not so happy with the car yesterday but today it has been much quicker. That is thanks to the fantastic work from the team overnight to make some changes, as it felt like a different car this morning in practice."

 

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