Fernando Alonso describes Suzuka podium as a huge boost for Ferrari
|By Jonathan Noble and Matt Beer||Sunday, October 9th 2011, 08:14 GMT|
Fernando Alonso described Ferrari's performance in the Japanese Grand Prix as a huge motivation for the team.
Alonso finished second, charging onto winner Jenson Button's tail in the closing laps, and giving Ferrari its best result since he was runner-up to Lewis Hamilton at the Nurburgring in July.
"It was a fun race, at the start we did not overtake any cars, then there was a lot of tyre degradation," said Alonso.
"We had the pace today to fight with McLaren and Red Bull Racing.
"It's fantastic podium, it is a good thing for the team after difficult races where we were not so competitive. This podium means a lot to the team and is a big motivation for the team."
Alonso qualified only fifth, before passing team-mate Felipe Massa early on. He then jumped Hamilton in the first pitstops and new champion Sebastian Vettel at the final stops, before chasing after Button.
The result keeps Alonso third in the drivers' championship, eight points behind Button and eight ahead of Mark Webber.