Interlagos, BRAZIL, November 24th, 2013 (F1Plus / Bruno Ferreira) - Fernando Alonso said it was important to finish the 2013 season in the podium to start the new year with a good atmosphere within Ferrari. The two-time world champion was third in the Brazilian Grand Prix, scoring his first podium since the Singapore Grand Prix, six races ago.
Despite the positive result, Alonso thinks he could have done better if the expected rain had come.
“Well it was a difficult race for everyone, unfortunately the rain didn't come. I think we were more competitive in wet conditions but again, it seemed as if it's going to rain in any moment but it didn't, so it was a shame for us but at least we're in the podium, so ending the season on a high and hopefully for next year we start with a completely new direction and a positive trend. I'm looking forward,” he said.
Alonso also praised the job done by his teammate Felipe Massa for the last few years, as now the Brazilian is heading to Williams from 2014:
“It was a shame, sad that he had this drive-through [penalty] because I think the podium was very close for Felipe today. When I saw him fourth I said this would be a very good celebration for him,” said the Spaniard.
“Sad for this race but happy for the last four years: he has been an amazing teammate - inside the circuit with very competitive skills and also like a person. We built a friendly relationship in the last four years, a lot of time together. We'll see him in the paddock next year with different colours but always he will remain a very good man.”