Bahrain seventh limited damage - Alonso
Fernando Alonso described his seventh place at the Bahrain Grand Prix as 'damage limitation' in terms of the Formula One championship.
The Spanish two-time world champion has enjoyed a mixed start to the new season having won the Malaysian Grand Prix, while finishing fifth and ninth respectively in Australia and China ahead of last weekend's grand prix in the Gulf kingdom.
Alonso accepts the Ferrari F2012 car has obvious limitations when up against their rivals so was content to take some points in Bahrain after just missing out on sixth spot to Paul Di Resta.
It leaves the 30-year-old in joint fifth place in the drivers' standings alongside Jenson Button after four races, 10 points off Sebastian Vettel at the top of the pile.
Alonso told AutoWeek: "In the end, we have to be happy. We beat both McLarens, something that we were told was completely out of our reach, so in the end, we limited the damage again.
"We were eight points from the leader [Lewis Hamilton] at the start of Bahrain, and we are 10 points now from the leader of the championship [Sebastian Vettel] after Bahrain. So in the first four races I think we did quite good damage limitation."