Fernando Alonso says third is like a victory

After qualifying ninth at the US Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso feels finishing third on the podium is as good as winning the race.

updated: November 19, 2012 10:07 IST
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Austin: Fernando Alonso said finishing third in Sunday's United States Grand Prix was, for him, as good as a win after he had qualified only ninth for Ferrari on Saturday.

He was soon after elevated to eighth because of a gearbox-change penalty for Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus and, on Sunday, advanced another position -- and to the clean right side of the grid -- when his team decided to incur a penalty for Brazilian Felipe Massa by breaking the seal on his car's gearbox.

It was a pragmatic strategic decision to give the two-time champion Spaniard a better chance at the start of the race and he grabbed it when the lights went out.

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