Fernando Alonso admits he is mystified as to why exactly six tenths and three positions make the difference between himself and team-mate Lewis Hamilton following qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

A crucial weekend for the Spaniard as he fights to keep his dreams of a third straight title alive, Alonso has spent the majority of the weekend out pacing his arch-rival but was caught out when it mattered in the top ten shootout.

Indeed, Alonso insists he made no particular mistakes with his best lap, but still wound up a considerable distance behind his rivals. As Alonso must beat pole sitter Hamilton to keep the championship open until the final round, he admits he is in a tough situation.

Nonetheless, Alonso has his eye on the sky ahead of the race because while he was the only driver to crash out by himself directly as a consequence of the conditions in Japan, he still hopes it will return to shake up the order.

"This was not an ideal result for me to be honest, I really thought I made no mistakes with my laps, but I am still starting on the second row and the forecast for tomorrow is possible rain, so perhaps that could help. Anything could happen in the race, so I have not given up and I will be pushing 100 percent for the win."



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