I'm neither concerned nor demotivated with my grid position: Alonso

Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 21:05

Greater Noida: Having secured the pole position, defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will enjoy an edge over Fernando Alonso in tomorrow`s Indian Grand Prix but the Ferrari driver said he is neither "concerned nor demotivated" as "things can change very quickly" on race day.

Vettel and Alonso are locked in a two-way title race. Vettel, whose three consecutive wins have propelled him to the top of the table in the drivers` standings, just six points ahead of Alonso (206), secured his fifth pole position of the season.

He will be joined on the front row by team-mate Mark Webber, followed by Lewis Hamilton (third), Jenson Button (fourth) and Alonso.

In spite of starting on the third row, Alonso is determined to give Vettel a tough fight tomorrow at the Buddh International Circuit here.

"We tried hard to get the most out of what we had, but there was no way we could be ahead of the Red Bulls and McLarens. In the end fifth is not so bad because it would have been easy to end up even further back if anything had gone wrong," the Spaniard said.

"I`m not concerned nor demotivated because I know things can change very quickly and that high spirits on Saturday can easily turn into sadness on Sunday. There are 60 laps to work with and we will need to tackle each one as if it`s qualifying by attacking. I am definitely not the sort to give up and that`s my real advantage.

"We must try and make up places on the first lap and try to put pressure on our main rivals, ensuring they don`t have an easy race," he added.

Alonso said Ferrari`s main aim is to pip Red Bull in the constructors` championship but presently the Italian outfit`s cars are not good enough to match the Adrian Newey-made RB8 machines.
"Clearly, finishing ahead of Red Bull is our main aim, but today it was impossible to fight them. Now we are fighting against Newey and at the moment we can`t match him," he said.
Alonso`s team-mate Felipe Massa, who will start sixth, too hoped to give the Red Bull and McLaren cars a run for their money tomorrow.

"I am reasonably pleased with sixth place. If not for a mistake at Turn 6 on my run in Q3, I could have started from further forward," he said.

"In qualifying Red Bull is faster while McLaren was only just ahead. We hope we can fight with these four cars for the top places (tomorrow)," added the Brazilian.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 21:13

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