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Alonso happy with 2010

Fernando Alonso is proud of his efforts during his first season in Ferrari colours, despite falling short in the Formula One title race.

Alonso, 29, joined the famous Italian team after one unhappy year with McLaren and a fruitless second spell with Renault, the team with which he won two world championships in 2005 and 2006.

The Spaniard finished second in the drivers' standings to eventual title winner Sebastian Vettel in 2010, but Alonso believes the team deserve credit for staying in the hunt throughout the season.

"I'm proud of what the Scuderia managed to achieve this season," Alonso said.

"In a year when we did not have the best car, we managed to get to the last race still in with a great chance of winning the title after staging a really strong recovery."

"In a race like that last one, anything could happen, as this is a sport, not pure maths. The comeback we mounted from the mid-point of the season onwards, the way in which we all pulled together, more united than ever, (that) is much more important."

"All that was lacking was the cherry on the cake, but hey, we knew that could happen."

"Sport is like that, sometimes things go well and sometimes badly. But after the initial sadness of not winning the title, I think it was good overall for the team and for me, to regain feeling I have not had for the past three years."

"To return to winning and have the opportunity to fight for the championship has been the best news."

Ferrari blew their chance of overhauling Vettel with a flawed pit strategy in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Alonso has no desire to dwell on what might have been.

"So much has been said about Abu Dhabi, but it's easy to talk with hindsight," he said.

"The team was very disappointed with the missed opportunity but Ferrari's great strength is that they don't sink into depression because of one mistake, on the contrary, we will react to be even more determined next year."

"Personally, I really want to start again. I expect again that four teams - us, Mercedes, McLaren and Red Bull - will be in the fight for the top."

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