Sergio Perez has heaped praise on Fernando Alonso following their
seismic podium battle at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Perez chased
Alonso for a number of laps as the race entered its final stages,
with Alonso attempting to cling on to the final podium spot. Alonso
briefly slipped behind Perez when the Red Bull driver made a move
into Turn 1 before the Aston Martin driver claimed the position
back into Turn 4. The two ran side-by-side to the finish line on
the final lap and Alonso clung on to third place by just
five-hundredths of a second. It marked a huge result for Aston
Martin who has struggled for pace against the front-running
competition since the return after the summer break. Perez has
stated that other drivers in the field can learn from the clinical
nature of Alonso’s driving during their battle. “It was well
deserved from Fernando,” Perez told Sky Sports. “We had a great
fight, very fair and to the limit. “I think this is something that
a lot of drivers can learn from because what we did, the way we
fought, I think that is how it should be done. “I’m on the wrong
side, I ended up losing, but it’s fine.” Good result ‘a matter of
time’ Perez’s run to fourth followed a painful home outing last
weekend in Mexico where he crashed out on the opening lap after
making contact with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull driver
showed encouraging pace during the Grand Prix in Brazil as he
recovered from ninth place after being caught out by yellow flags
during qualifying on Friday. “We’ve seen in the last couple of
races that the pace has been there, that we’ve been really strong,”
Perez asserted. “For some reason or another, we haven’t been able
to get the final end result. But I just know that it’s a matter of

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