Fernando Alonso insists he will keep the fight between himself and team-mate Lewis Hamilton clean off the line after the McLaren duo secured a 1-2 result in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Both Hamilton and Alonso have been renowned for their aggressive starts - including to one another -, this season and their t?te-?-t?te at Spa-Francorchamps is a case point indeed.

It is likely to raise a few choice words amongst the McLaren management ahead of the race as they look to protect their advantage in the driver standings, although with the team unable to do anything about their team position, the duo are likely to be able to race nonetheless.

Even so, Alonso, who missed out on pole position after Hamilton's last gasp effort by only seven hundredths of a second, claims he will not jeopardise the team's hopes of at least one title.

"Obviously I will do what I can to take the lead but also be sensible as it's not in anybody's interest not to finish the race," he said.

Still, while Alonso was frustrated to miss out on pole position, the Spaniard admits he thinks the battle between himself, Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa will be a close one.

"Today's qualifying was OK for me. Of course, pole position would have been better, but I am satisfied to start from the front row which will be a good basis for the race. I have always liked driving in the wet, so I enjoyed today's qualifying.

"It's very challenging, and I think it will be an exciting race tomorrow as our main competitors are incredibly close and have been both in the dry and wet conditions.

"The Bridgestone wet tyre has been working well for us today. I am happy with the team's performance, and the work we have done so far this weekend and look forward to the race tomorrow."

 

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