Fernando Alonso said he might have been able to challenge Sebastian Vettel for victory had he not got stuck behind Nico Rosberg at the start of the race.
Alonso said: “We lost a little bit of time behind Rosberg at the beginning of the race. So we [didn’t] thought any more the possibility to fight with Sebastian for P1, we concentrate on P2.
“I had a little bit of advantage, in terms of tyre degradation, in that part of the race compared to Mark. As Mark said we used the DRS and I was able to overtake him.
“And then in the last part of the race it was more or less the opposite. We had maybe a little bit of a disadvantage with tyre age, we lost the position again.”
However he said he was pleased with his car’s pace after taking Ferrari’s first podium finish of the year:
“I think we did a good weekend overall. The car performed a bit better than what we did in the first three race of the championship.
“So finally we enjoy racing again and we enjoy a race fighting for the podium positions, changing second and third positions through the race.”
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
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