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Alonso: Anything can happen

Fernando Alonso seeks to bounce back from a tough qualifying session in the United States Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso said anything remains possible in the United States Grand Prix despite a difficult qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas.

Alonso struggled for pace throughout the session and could only post the ninth best time, although he will start eighth thanks to a grid penalty in place for the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

By contrast however, the Spaniard's title rival Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position as he seeks to wrap up a third successive title but Alonso said anything could still happen on race day as he seeks to keep his championship hopes alive.

"We never managed to put together the best lap, which on these tyres and with these track conditions is always the last one you do,” he said. “We knew it would be a complicated weekend but clearly today we were too slow and we will start from too far back. Having said that, the accounts are always done at the end of the race: also in Abu Dhabi we were slower than our main rivals and then we got back three points in the classification.

“Our aim remains unchanged and it's still possible: on Sunday all sorts of things can happen. Reliability, strategy - it will be important to work out when is the best time to pit because here, the cold tyres can be slower by several seconds – and team work will be as usual important.

“We will push to the limit, as we have done since the start of the year at every race weekend."

Team boss Stefano Domenicali said the team had to take responsibility for the tyre struggles Alonso had faced and he admitted that a difficult race day now lay ahead.

"A disappointing qualifying that puts us in a very difficult position in terms of the championship, given that our main rival will start from pole position,” he said. “The main problem was linked to tyre performance, but let's make it clear, the responsibility rests with us, because the tyres are the same for everyone and therefore it's down to us to try and get them to work as well as possible.

“We must analyse very carefully the way qualifying went, to understand what didn't work but above all, we must concentrate on preparing for the race. We have said it often, the sums are done on Sunday afternoon: clearly the outlook is not positive but we are well aware that the situation can be different in the race. There are no reference points for a new track therefore the unknown factors are greater than usual: we have a duty to tackle every aspect to perfection."



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LJ - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 12:03 AM

Not a Ferrari fan, not particularly an Alonso fan (although he is growing on me).. But, wish him the best for tomorrow.. Hope he can take this to Brazil.

Objective

November 18, 2012 1:45 AM

Anything is possible but being mid-field on the grid puts him in a precarious situation. With both Maldonado and Grosjean right behind him he must be a little worried about the first few corners. I am also a little concerned about Webber and Hamilton as they can be quite aggressive in the first corner. Hamilton should stay clear of Webber given the latter's propensity for poor starts. I can only hope that the race has a clean start and the race is able to unfold with little disruption.



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