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F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Alonso eyes podium assault

Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari can target a podium finish in today's Belgian Grand Prix after qualifying in fourth place
Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari can target a podium finish in today's Belgian Grand Prix after qualifying in fourth place.

The wet conditions at Spa on Saturday appeared to suit Ferrari, with Alonso admitting he was surprised how competitive the car has been so far this weekend. With both Williams cars behind him Alonso concedes it will be a tough race but is encouraged enough by the pace shown on Friday to believe a second consecutive podium is a realistic target.

“We'll see, I think the possibility is there, no doubt,” Alonso said. “We are in a good position in fourth and we have some people around us with good race pace, like [Daniel] Ricciardo and the Williams and we need to fight hard to be on the podium. But we know the Mercedes, even if they look very quick, they have had some mechanical problems in the last races and we need to be there to take any opportunities.”

And Alonso admitted he feels he has had “a perfect weekend so far” having been quick in every session at a track he has never won.

“It has been a good surprise, the weekend in general. We will see how we can finish [the weekend] and hopefully taking good points. We expected to have Williams quite strong here, but maybe with qualifying being wet it masked their true pace, so maybe in dry conditions we can expect them to be very competitive.

“Also, it has been a circuit that I have never done anything special here – this is my second best qualifying after 2007 with the McLaren – but now I'm in front of the Williams and one second in front of my team-mate who has won here four times. It's been a perfect weekend so far. “


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