British GP: Happy Fernando Alonso worried about Ferrari pace
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, June 30th 2013, 14:16 GMT|
Fernando Alonso said his satisfaction over third place in the British Grand Prix was tempered by concern over Ferrari's lack of pace during the weekend.
Although the two Ferraris showed strong race pace, they had only been 10th and 12th in qualifying.
While Felipe Massa recovered from a tyre blow-out to finish seventh, Alonso battled through to third.
"Overall I think it was a very lucky race for us," said Alonso.
"Looking at the problems with tyres for some of the drivers, the drivers who didn't have any problems have to feel lucky.
"I have mixed feelings. I'm happy for the points because we reduced the gap a little in this race, but we saw this weekend that the pace is not good enough.
"I trust the team. There is a lot of work to do, but we are united."
Alonso admitted it was a better day than other races where Ferrari had been potentially competitive but hit trouble in the grands prix.
"There were some other Sundays when we lost some points when maybe I'd been more optimistic. Today we got some points," he said.
He also felt fortunate to have escaped several incidents in the race, including being right behind Sergio Perez's McLaren when its tyre blew in the closing laps.
"I had two moments. In that one with Sergio, I was so scared and I was lucky because I missed the contact by maybe a centimetre," Alonso said.
"At the start I locked the tyres and nearly lost the front wing."