Ferrari chief relieved after Fernando Alonso's runners-up spot at Belgian GP

Fernando Alonso's second placing in a race he has not won despite his 32 Grand Prix wins was Ferrari's first podium finish in the race since Kimi Raikkonen won for Ferrari in 2009.

updated: August 25, 2013 20:27 IST
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Spa Francorchamps: Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali was all smiles after seeing Fernando Alonso take second place behind Sebastian Vettel in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

The Italian team boss, who had been under pressure following the team's disappointing run of July results, said he felt some relief but wanted to see a more positive reaction from the team.

Alonso, without a win since his home Spanish Grand Prix in May, jumped from ninth on the grid to finish on the podium while team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa, in danger of losing his seat next year, came home seventh.

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