Alonso was Ferrari’s saving grace once again in Austria

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Fernando Alonso endured another lonely race at today’s Austrian Grand Prix as he crossed the line in fifth place, some eighteen seconds behind race winner Nico Rosberg.

The Spaniard has been making the most of his lacklustre Ferrari F14 T car this season, and currently lies fourth in the drivers’ championship after eight rounds.

Today, he continued his record of scoring points in every race so far, but struggled to match the Mercedes cars out in front and the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Alonso appeared to improve his pace in the second half of today’s grand prix, and nearly caught Massa at the end. However, he says that the cars ahead were not running at their full speed, thus exaggerating his own pace.

“First of all the cars ahead had Perez slowing the group and we were catching up,” he explained. “They seemed to use the maximum power only a few laps in the race and they have so much advantage that they play with it a little bit.

“With Massa in the end, when I was close, he pulled away. Same with Hamilton on the first lap, it was unbelievable the difference between the two cars.

“I think if they ran with those settings every lap they would have lapped everyone, but they cannot do for the whole race.”

Once again though, Alonso was Ferrari’s top finisher in Austria. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, was largely anonymous during today’s race, save for one amusing radio call where he complained about a lack of power. The Finn crossed the line in tenth place.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”