Alonso 'Very Happy' with Third

Local hero Fernando Alonso said he is not too upset about missing out on a first-row start in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix - and stated he is confident about giving them something to cheer for this afternoon

Alonso 'Very Happy' with Third

Alonso just missed out on the second place slot thanks to a brilliant lap from Williams' Mark Webber - but he is still happy that he will be starting from the clean side of the track.

"There is a fantastic atmosphere at the track and I feel very, very happy with this third place," said the World Championship leader. "It is not the front row, but this is the clean part of the circuit for the start.

"We have a very good pace in the long runs and our strongest point is the race - so to start in the top three is good."

Although Alonso lost one position in final qualifying, he claimed his Sunday morning lap had been an improvement on his effort in first qualifying.

"The lap was really good, better than yesterday's," he explained. "I am very close to Mark and we believe in our strategy for the race, so I am extremely happy and confident for this afternoon."

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