Fernando Alonso has said there was no way he could have got on the front row today in Hungary.

Alonso eventually had to settle for fifth following the top-ten shootout and for the first time this season he was beaten by his Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa, who will start one spot in front in fourth.

However while he did concede that third was 'within his grasp', he still thinks 'anything can happen' in the race.

Indeed the Spaniard has predicted with tyre degradation so high, there will be 'lots' of pit stops during Sunday's eleventh round in the 2011 F1 World Championship - and he also added that he'd rather be in P5 than P4, as it means he will at least be on the clean side of the grid for the start.

"It's the same [qualifying] result as a week ago [only reversed], so yet again today, we're neither surprised nor disappointed. It's true I did not do a perfect lap in Q3 and I'm happy to admit that, but I don't think I could have made it to the front row," said Alonso, who had actually been quickest in Q1 and Q2.

"Third place was within our grasp and it would have been a great place from which to start the race, but others did better than us, including my team-mate who drove a nice lap: it's important that both our cars are in positions from which we can fight for a place on the podium. All the same, better fifth than fourth as it means at least I start from the clean side of the track.

"It seems that when it's time for Q3, Red Bull has a magic button that suddenly makes them go faster, but then it seems the button switches off in the race!

"It's always very difficult to overtake here and I don't think DRS will change that much: maybe a good tow and a gust of wind will be of more use. We will try and move up a few places tomorrow: we will need to maintain a good pace, doing a perfect job at the pit stops, of which I think there will be a lot, maybe three or four, because tyre degradation is significant. It will also be important to get the timing of the stops right. I reckon anything could still happen: it will be a very open race," he concluded.