If you saw Alonso holding off Perez with judicious battery use for about 12 laps then re-pass him using DRS on the last lap in a car clearly inferior you can have no doubts about his being in the pantheon of true greats. He’s made some poor team-politics judgements over the years and was robbed of a Ferrari title by a flying Romain Grosjean at Spa but his driving skills and race craft are pretty well unmatched these days.
When Mansell was a whining Brummie he retained a huge fan base because he had car control skills and balls-out faith that exceeded most others. Alonso is an old has-been but still has a huge fan base because he is a driver the like of which well not see many of again.
I've watched him do some remarkable things in an F1 car over the years, but that has go down as one of his best drives. Breathtaking skill and adaptability under pressure, and such clever use of the tools at his disposal.
Its a sad situation that we're so excited by a third place for what should be a far more successful driver. Cant argue it was a hell of a drive. I love it when Alonso is in the mood, he's fantastic but seems he needs the motivation now to deliver his balls out style.
Still no doubt he'll fall out with Aston at some point as he has with every other team. He just has a way of pressing the self destruct button all too regularly.