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GP Week : Issue 171
26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA Fernando Alonso breathed a sigh of relief at achieving a podium finish in the Korean Grand Prix, despite losing the lead in the drivers’ championship to the charging Sebastian Vettel. The Spaniard had held the initiative at the top of the table for most of the season and arrived in Korea with a slender four-point advantage over Red Bull Racing’s Vettel. Scuderia Ferrari demonstrated good pace from the outset in Yeongam and ended up best of the rest’ behind the Red Bulls in Sunday’s grand prix; Alonso and Felipe Massa achieving strong third and fourth-place results respectively. “It was a difficult race and, come the end of the weekend, I am happy with the way things went,” said Alonso. “Reaching the podium meant I could breathe a big sigh of relief. It’s true that Red Bull was quickest all weekend, but our aim was to be right behind them and we achieved that. “It’s also true that I am no longer leading the championship, but being six points down does not mean much, just as it did not mean much being four points up going into this race.” The result catapulted Ferrari ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ standings and Alonso is keen for the Scuderia to retain that second place over the next four races. “It is very significant that we are back in second place in the constructors’, as it means the team is on the case and that will be our strong point from now until the end of the season,” insists Alonso. “There are a hundred points up for grabs and everything will depend on how much we can improve over the coming races. “We are right in the fight for the title with a car that has never been the fastest..” ALONSO RELIEVED TO REACH PODIUM