McLaren's Fernando Alonso reckons that the championship will continue to swing between himself, Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa during the remainder of the year.

Alonso has been gradually chipping away at Hamilton's lead in the drivers' championship and following the most recent event in Belgium the gap is now down to just 2 single points, with three races left go, including next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Speaking ahead of the event at Fuji, the double world champion added though that he is convinced they can still take some victories this year.

"We are not in any position to make any predictions, but I am sure the Championship will continue to swing between all four drivers," he noted.

"Ferrari were strong at Spa, we were strong at Monza, everyone in the team is pushing hard to be strong at Fuji, Shanghai and Interlagos.

"We can still win races, and will be doing everything to make this happen in Japan," he added.

Asked specifically about the event at Fuji, Fernando noted that it should be challenging, although unlike most of his rivals he has driven it before, having done some demo laps back last year.

"As this is a new track for all the teams, we are in the same position with regards knowledge of the track. In 2006 I did a couple of demonstration laps with passengers on the track and it seemed really good," he continued.

"It is going to be a challenge to find the optimum set-up for the cars as you have this really long, fast straight and then the rest of the track is much slower.

"To be honest, we will have to wait until after Friday free practice to tell you more, but I am really looking forward to seeing what it is like next week," he summed-up.

 

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