Exhausted Alonso 'on the Limit'

Malaysian Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso was exhausted following an energy-sapping race on Sunday after his in-car drinks bottle failed during the toughest race of the season

Exhausted Alonso 'on the Limit'

Temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius in Sepang, which rise significantly inside the cockpit, left Spaniard Alonso struggling to stand on the podium and crouching as the national anthems hailed his win.

"Unfortunately the drinks bottle didn't work and I had problems," said Alonso. "I finished on the limit today but I finished and it was okay. It was very tough conditions, we knew that before the start of the race, but the last 15 of 20 laps were very long.

"It's the same for everyone here in Sepang, but maybe more when you are in position one. When you are very close to winning the race, and with this being the second race for the engine, there is pressure but everything was fine and the team showed we are the team to beat."

Alonso started from pole and never looked back as he kept a safe distance ahead of second-placed Jarno Trulli's Toyota and his Renault team's advantage enabled him at least to save some energy.

"I saved the tyres a little bit at the beginning thinking the first stint was most risky for the tyres," said Alonso. "After that I saw Jarno was slowing so I slowed again.

"The last stint of the race I just concentrated on keeping the revs low to help the engine and saving the tyres. I was not pushing very hard during the race and the car was easy to drive."

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