Two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso had to be content with third place at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, as the Scuderia turned the tables on McLaren.

At Monza last weekend it was all about Alonso, who dominated proceedings in his MP4-22, this time though the pendulum swung back in the favour of Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen took advantage heading home his team-mate, Felipe Massa.

Speaking at the finish, after bringing his car to the chequered flag 14.3 seconds off Raikkonen, Fernando conceded that they just didn't have the speed to match Raikkonen or Massa.

"Unfortunately Ferrari was just too quick for us today. I tried quite hard to keep the pace with Felipe in the first stint hoping that I could make up a position in the pitstops, but they were slowly moving ahead - after the first stop it was impossible to catch them," said the Spaniard.

"We just seemed to lack a bit of pace in the first and last sectors."

Despite not beating the Ferraris though, Alonso had one major consolation, namely that he again got the better of his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, cutting the Englishman's advantage at the top of the drivers' championship from 3 points to 2.

"I am happy with the result for sure. We have been third and fourth position and in the championship these days it is only one point difference, so it doesn't change anything for the last three races," he explained.

"I think the championship is very open as it was last Thursday before we came here. Before I was three points behind, now I am two points, so nothing changes really. What I need to do is finish the best position possible and if I win the last three races it will be enough.

"Even if I was four points behind, or two, or three, what I need is to win and hopefully next time I will have the chance."

As for the remaining events, Fernando believes that they should be kinder to McLaren, especially the next one in Japan.

"That is a very, very difficult question as we surprise ourselves at every race and so it is not easy to predict anymore what is going to happen [in the last few races].

"But maybe Japan can be good for us, but China and Brazil not so good," he concluded.

 

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