BBC Sport - Fernando Alonso pleased with third at Italian Grand Prix

Third-place Monza finish pleases Alonso

Fernando Alonso is happy with his third-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix, saying it was the "maximum" result Ferrari could have hoped for.

The Spaniard says he needed to be "realistic" about his chances of winning the race after starting from fourth on the grid.

Alonso adds he is thankful to Michael Schumacher for holding up McLaren's Lewis Hamilton , as it "helped" him secure a place on the podium.

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