Fernando Alonso congratulated Carlos Sainz, having taken his maiden podium finish at the Brazilian GP, and ending McLaren's top-three drought in the process.
Sainz was promoted to third place at Interlagos by Lewis Hamilton's time penalty, the Spaniard surviving his own brush with the stewards, which meant he could not properly celebrate P3 until more than two hours after the chequered flag.
It was McLaren's first podium since Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were classified in the top three at Australia in 2014, with Alonso having endured four fruitless years back at the team, which saw his hopes of becoming a title candidate fall way short.
However, the double F1 world champion was quick to praise Sainz, who secured the 100th podium finish by a Spanish driver in F1 in the process.
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