Alonso enjoys the 'best day of his life'

Fernando Alonso's second place, chasing Michael Schumacher's Ferrari all the way to the chequered flag in this afternoon's Spanish Grand Prix, was the best result ever from the modern-day Renault team.

Alonso enjoys the 'best day of his life'

By way of contrast, team-mate Jarno Trulli had a possible top result taken away from him with a race-ending collision at the second corner of the opening lap.

"It's a victory for the whole team," raved exultant team boss Flavio Briatore. "Fernando did an excellent job. I think our strategy was perfect, but it's a shame that Jarno was pushed out by Coulthard because he was very competitive all weekend and would have had a strong race."

Alonso was almost beside himself with joy, especially in front of the massed ranks of his home fans: "This is the best day of my life and I feel that I'm dreaming. It's hard to describe what I felt on that final lap with all the flags and the crowds cheering me on. I had a good start to the race and I could count on a very good strategy and excellent pitstops. It's fantastic to have scored points at all the races so far this year and I hope to continue to do so."

Taken out on the opening lap, Trulli was the only one in the Renault camp with a long face on Sunday evening: "I had a good start and was making my way smoothly, keeping on my line when, at the second corner, I saw Coulthard cutting right through from the outside. He hit me and I was out. This was a real shame as I know that this could have been an excellent race for me."

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