Alonso ready to fight for the podium

By on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Photo credit: Ferrari S.p.A.

Fernando Alonso believes that he can finish on the podium in the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver qualified in fifth place, but will start on the clean side of the grid.

"Today, pole position was absolutely out of our grasp: Hamilton was on another planet... We must settle for this fifth place but that doesn’t mean we are not hoping to improve on it tomorrow: our target is the podium."

"The only surprise this evening was Maldonaldo and it was really unexpected to see him on the front row."

Alonso admitted that the performance of the F2012 was weaker than expected.

"I expect a lot of pit stops, specifically because of the tyre degradation. Honestly, before arriving in Singapore, I expected more, but we soon realised we would be tackling this Grand Prix on the defensive."

The championship leader is preparing for a tough race.

"The race will be very long, very hard physically and mentally, because you need to always concentrate to the maximum, with no margin for error: the slightest mistake can carry a high price on a track where the barriers are very close. Reliability will be very important and the number one priority will be getting to the finish in the best possible position."

Felipe Massa managed only thirteenth and lamented a difficult day.

"I really struggled to put together a good lap, suffering particularly in the final sector, where the rear tyres were sliding and, as a result, were degrading. It’s a problem I’ve had since yesterday and we did not manage to fix it."

"The aim will be to finish the race in the points, which definitely won’t be easy, but we’ll give it our best shot"

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