Alonso Hails Malaysia Drive as Best of His Career
Nevertheless, despite his obvious problems with the Ferrari F10, Alonso drove majestically to a potential points finish – with a couple of laps to go – although he started 19th on the grid. The international media praised his effort on Sunday, with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport naming him a “quiet hero,” and Alonso himself admitted he feels “reinforced” by his drive at Sepang.
“I feel reinforced for the championship. The fact that in a race with problem I could fight wheel to wheel with the rest gives me a lot of confidence,” said Alonso in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, after the race.
“I've never done a grand prix like that, adapting my driving as much as I had to and with decent times. I know that because of the result this will be forgotten, but we know this was the best race of my life. I'll say that in a few years and they will think I'm crazy,” added Alonso.
Additionally, he insisted that he feels very happy with what he has achieved with Ferrari in the first 3 races of this year, considering the racing conditions he had to put up with in Australia and Malaysia.
“I've had three very complete weekends. I feel very good and very confident to be among the top three or four to opt for victory when things work as normal. In Melbourne I was 22nd and here I was 21st. If I have another normal weekend, like the first one, I'm convinced that I can get the lead back,” added the Spaniard, who is now 2 points behind teammate Felipe Massa in the overall classification.