Fernando Alonso has vowed to again attack the polesitter at the opening corner of this weekend's United States Grand Prix, despite two previous attempts having effectively cost the Spaniard a shot at victory in earlier races.

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper As after being beaten to pole at Indianapolis by McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Alonso insisted that the US circuit offered enough room to make a move into the first turn, clearly undeterred by, not only his own failures to seize the lead in Spain and Canada, but also by the Mclaren-inspired pile-up at last year's USGP.

Perhaps goaded by team-mate Hamilton's comments that he had expected the double world champion to go faster in qualifying after dominating the previous sessions, Alonso admitted that his tactics would depend on his initial getaway, but said that he saw no reason to hang back and allow the current points leader free passage.

"I am going to try it," the Spaniard insisted, "It is a circuit that favours such a move, with a wide entry into a first corner with several lines. But, of course, everything depends on how I leave the grid. I need to be defensive if the start does not turn out well, but, if it does go well, there is enough room to challenge Lewis before we arrive at the corner. Last year, Massa showed what could be done, and the even-numbered side of the grid is quite clean, so we will see. The team has given us the freedom to fight amongst ourselves...."



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