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Alonso's title to lose



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Fernando Alonso believes he is in a strong position to win the Formula One World Championship after qualifying ahead of Mark Webber.

Ferrari's Alonso came in third on Saturday qualifying for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, behind the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, but crucially ahead of nearest challenger Mark Webber.

The Red Bull man, eight points behind leader Alonso in the drivers' championship standings, could only manage fifth.

"In the race anything can happen," Alonso said.

"It will be a tough race, a long race, but we are in a position where we are very strong."

"We just need one more day of perfection."

"We need to do 55 laps without any problems, which will be tough."

"I will try to make a good start and if I can I will attack, but if not, then I may have to defend."

"But it is always the case that you cannot win the title in the first corner, but you can lose it. I have felt confident for six months and I am still confident."

Despite Alonso now holding the advantage going into Sunday's race, Webber is refusing to give up hope of landing a maiden world championship title.

"It's disappointing of course but there is still a long way to go tomorrow," Webber said.

"The fat lady hasn't sung yet. I would have liked to have been further up but I just couldn't get the pace."

"I haven't helped things by our performance today but we've seen races change so ... the Championship isn't decided today but it would have been nice to be further up."

"You could be more confident but at the end of the day we are still in the hunt and that's the main thing."

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