Alonso: McLaren was 'best of the rest'

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Fernando Alonso was pleased that McLaren could show it was "best of the rest" as he returned to the points courtesy of seventh place at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso started from seventh but jumped ahead of Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. at the start, before being overhauled by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen after the first round of stops.

Alonso kept Sainz Jr. at bay across the remainder of the race as he added a further six points to McLaren's tally.

"It’s a pity we couldn’t improve this afternoon but still I think we were best of the rest today," he said.

"Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are out of reach at the moment for everyone – they’re on another level – so, in the other mini-championship we’re racing in, we were quite competitive and I feel we delivered the maximum we could today.

"There wasn’t much action in the race though. For us, it was a little bit of a boring afternoon at some points – not the usual Hungaroring show – and the only retirement, unfortunately, was Jenson [Button].

"I’m happy about how the weekend went and hopefully we can keep this up progress.

"We’ve been more or less competitive here and at Silverstone, on two very different circuits, so I’m looking forward to next weekend at Hockenheim."

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