Fernando Alonso predicts the winner of the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix could come from anyone in the front two rows after a typically close qualifying that saw him miss out on a home pole position by a meagre three hundredths of a second.

With McLaren having set the pace thus far this weekend despite many expecting Ferrari to lead the way, Hamilton and Alonso's pace in practice and the prior knockout sessions ahead of the top ten shootout suggested one of the 'silver arrows' would secure pole position.

However, while Alonso's final lap of the day set up a potential grandstand finish in front of his adoring home fans, he was not quite able to dislodge Felipe Massa from the front of the grid.

Although disappointing for the heaving crowds, Alonso was nonetheless pleased with his performance and is expecting the race to prove just as competitive as qualifying proved.

"A good qualifying, and I'm pleased to be on the front row for my home race. There is no doubt that the race will be as close and as competitive as today's qualifying however I'm confident that I can challenge for the victory.

"We have been strong throughout all the practice sessions and today's qualifying was the first time Ferrari was in front, so things are looking good, but I think everybody in the top four are capable of winning. The car is working well, and I'm enjoying driving it in front of all the fans."

With Lewis Hamilton also starting up front in fourth position, team principal Ron Dennis is now hoping McLaren's competitiveness will transfer into the race where he is coyly predicting a victory for the double world champion.

"A very close qualifying session where Fernando just missed out on pole position. We have been very competitive so far this weekend and combined with strong race strategies we look forward to fighting for victory tomorrow."

 

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