Fernando Alonso has celebrated his podium in fine style, basking in the glory of a seven-year wait that ultimately paid off.

The lights of Qatar were kind to the two-time champion, who bagged his first podium in F1 since 2014. Alonso drove flawlessly and efficiently to cross the line in third, ending that drought that had been haunting him for a long time.

The Spaniard was at it from the start, taking second place from P3 on the grid. He ran a one-stop strategy, and while others bottomed out on worn out tyres, the veteran prevailed and pipped a Red Bull to take the final place on a well-deserved podium.

Alonso celebrated his podium long into the night, and gave his thoughts on his time out on track.

“It felt fantastic today and to be back on the podium was so good,” the jubilant driver said, as quoted by grandprix247.com.

“We deserved this result as a team and I’ve had to wait seven years since my last one. Hopefully we don’t need to wait this long again!

The sight we have been waiting a long time to see. Source: Alpine

“We took some risks with the one-stop strategy but it worked out well. We had some strong pace and despite (Sergio) Perez catching us at the end, we did enough to hang on.”

Teamwork makes the dream work

Alonso also hailed teammate Esteban Ocon and the people at Alpine for assisting his effort in Qatar.

“Esteban did a great job in assisting the result and our pitstops were brilliant, so well done to the whole team,” he continued.

“I love this track and the car felt amazing all weekend, so I can’t wait to come back here. There was also quite a lot of action and overtakes, which is something we weren’t sure of at the start of the weekend.

“In the end, it was a perfect weekend for us and we scored lots of points in the Constructors’ Championship, so now we have a good advantage over AlphaTauri heading into the final two races,” the Qatar GP Driver of the Day concluded.

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