Fernando Alonso broke his Monza duck on Sunday, when he came through to win the Italian Grand Prix for the very first time.

Alonso set the standard throughout the weekend in his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22 and was quickest in every single session, bar one.

In the end he took the victory by around 6 seconds and in the process closed the gap to just 3 points in the race for the drivers' title.

"To win at Monza for the first time is very special. Sometimes everything goes in the right direction; this weekend was one of those times and we were able to keep up the momentum," said the Spaniard.

"My start wasn't perfect, and I had to defend my lead coming in to the first corner.

"In the second corner I was a bit worried as I thought Lewis and I would touch but fortunately this did not happen.

"The safety car could have caused us a few problems as it was important for our strategy to open up a gap as soon as possible.

"However it was a perfect afternoon today with the car and the team working really well, and to win in front of the enthusiastic Italian Formula 1 fans is very emotional," he added.

Asked about the situation in the drivers' championship though, Fernando said the result doesn't change much, even if he is now that bit closer to his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.

"Nothing changes really. It's only two points [difference] even if you win the race, so the distance is more or less the same, and the gap is more or less the same," he explained.

"Nothing was decided before the race, nothing is decided after the race and I think it will stay like that until the last race.

"But that's not the important thing. For me, personally, after Turkey, I know that I also closed the gap in the championship by two points but I was not totally happy with the weekend.

"I made a very bad start and then when I managed to overtake the BMW, I was not able to be quick enough to pressure the people on the podium.

"I really arrived here focused - and I want to make five finals, from here to the end, and I will go for it."

As for the next event at Spa, which gets underway this coming Friday, Alonso was reluctant to make any predictions.

"I think we have to see how the car performs in Belgium. There are a lot of changes between one race and the next, as we saw in Turkey. Ferrari was very dominant at Istanbul. In Monza, McLaren was very dominant.

"So in Belgium, first of all we have to see how the cars perform but for sure the main thing is the championship: try to win Drivers' and Constructors' championship and to do that, you need to win races. So approaching the next race, the goal is to win again," he concluded.

 

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