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Alonso: No reasons to get carried away yet

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Alonso: No reasons to get carried away yet
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Oct 2, 2016, 12:36 PM

Fernando Alonso insists there are no reasons for McLaren to get carried away yet despite a positive race in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H at the start of the race
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads at the start of the race
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31

The Spaniard, who started from the back of the grid after a 45-place penalty for replacing engines, climbed up to seventh position by the end of the Sepang race.

It was the second time this season Alonso has finished seventh starting from 22nd, having done it at Spa as well.

Alonso was encouraged by McLaren's progress, but admitted there was still a long way to go.

"We are improving, but at the same time the six cars in front are out of reach, so seventh is the only position you can aspire to," said Alonso.

"And today with Hamilton and Vettel having problems we are seventh, so with a ninth place in normal circumstances. You can't get carried away and you need to know there's a lot of work to do."

He added: "We recovered places very quickly in the first stint and we were surprised about out position. There was some debate over the strategy because we were already quite high up, but in the end everything went fine and good points for the team."

Teammate Jenson Button, in his 300th grand prix, also finished in the points in ninth position, but the Briton lost two places to Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg after they both managed to pit under the virtual safety car.

"It was looking okay. Hulkenberg and Fernando went for a three-stop behind me," Button said. "We were on a two-stop and it was all looking good until the Virtual Safety Car came out two laps after I pitted.

"You can, like, gain 15 seconds by pitting under the Virtual Safety Car so they came out in front. A little bit of a shame, but there you go."

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