McLaren-Mercedes driver Fernando Alonso had to settle for the runners-up spot at Silverstone on Sunday and he freely admitted at the finish that that was the 'maximum' possible.

Although the Spaniard managed to overhaul eventual winner, Kimi Raikkonen and his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, in the first round of pit-stops, he was powerless to stop the Finn taking the lead following the second and final stops.

Alonso eventually finished 2.5 seconds behind Kimi - and it was clear that the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22 was no match for the Ferrari F2007, just like in France last weekend.

"Second was the maximum we could really do today," reflected Fernando. "We decided to change the strategy during the race to a shorter fuel stop for the middle stint, hoping we would be able to maintain the lead after the second stop.

"Unfortunately we did not build enough of a gap to Ferrari during this period, and Kimi's six laps with less fuel were too much to overcome. It was a gamble but definitely the right thing to do.

"I had a few problems with traffic, and we didn't quite have the pace of Ferrari, so it didn't pay off.

"The points are very important for the Championship though, and we will work very hard at the test next week, in Spa-Francorchamps, to regain our advantage."

McLaren-Mercedes team boss, Ron Dennis meanwhile added that while Alonso put in a great drive, just like Hamilton, who was third in the sister car, the MP4-22 was just wasn't up to the job.

"Fernando did a tremendous job making every effort to turn our short fuel middle stint into a race win," he added. "Ultimately both he and Lewis were asked to turn their engines down in order to ensure that we had the best ability to attack again in Germany.

"It's of course clear that we didn't quite have the pace, but both drivers did a great job and we still went away with valuable points and an even greater motivation to do better at the next event."

 

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