| #14 Fernando Alonso
Fastest lap 1m43.502s on lap 36 (+3.625s, 10th)
Pit-stops Two: laps 11 (2.38s), 30 (4.58s) [Prime/Back-Up/Back-Up]
“It was good and interesting today, I enjoyed it, especially the final part of the race.
“Carlos [Sainz] was on a different strategy and different tyres to me and Felipe, which allowed us to close the gap.
“Our tyres were in better condition than the Toro Rosso’s and we took advantage of that. The last couple of laps were very intense, as we had some extra speed so we tried hard to overtake. It was quite easy to overtake the Toro Rosso as they’re slow on the straights, so you just need to open the DRS. I was following Carlos for 45 laps and he drove very well, very consistently, zero mistakes – so we had a great battle.
To get past the Williams today you needed to overtake them in different places, like tight, slow-speed corners, and quite forcefully, and it was tough but hopefully enjoyable for the fans.
“Our result today is nice for motivation, so I’m happy with fifth, but we gained a couple of positions because of other people going out, and our pace hasn’t been great all weekend here, so we need to understand the reasons for that.”