"For me, it was like 30 laps that I had the pressure from Checo [Perez]," said Alonso after the race.
"When he passed me two laps to the end, I thought, ‘Ok, this is gone.' The podium is not possible anymore, but he braked a bit late into Turn 1 and I said, ‘Ok, I'll go for it’ into Turn 4."
Fernando's fighting spirit
Alonso's daring manoeuvre on the final lap not only showcased his remarkable talent but also highlighted the tenacity of a seasoned driver who refuses to relent under pressure.
The unexpected podium finish is a significant moment for Aston Martin. The team had faced challenges in recent months, seeing them lose out on fourth place in the constructors' championship to Red Bull.
"This is a phenomenal result for the team," he said.
"We’ve been struggling for a couple of months, especially the last two events with two retirements.
"This podium is for them, for everyone, the factory, and we keep fighting until the last lap."
Lawrence Stroll's team will be looking to carry this momentum forward into the final two races of the season to head into 2024 on a high.
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