• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

'Anything can happen' - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso starts behind Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso refused to get carried away with the chance of winning his third drivers' title on Sunday despite qualifying two places ahead of main title rival Mark Webber in Abu Dhabi.

Alonso is already eight points ahead of Webber in the championship standings and the title now appears to be his to lose.

"I think we are more or less in the same situation as we were two days ago before first practice," said Alonso. "We know the situation, we know the four contenders. I think everything is on tomorrow's race, anything can happen and we saw in last few events things changed - in Korea the Red Bulls were very strong and lost the race with mechanical issues, in Brazil we saw some problems with pitstops."

Although Alonso acknowledges that keeping out of trouble and finishing the race will probably secure him the title, a collision or technical problem cannot be ruled out.

"In the race anything can happen, we need to complete 55 laps without any problems. It will be a tough race, a long race, but we are in a position where we are very strong. Obviously it was a tough qualifying for everyone, changing positions in Q2 and Q3, you never know how competitive you are until Q3 finishes.

"The first attempt was not great, traffic in the first sector so I knew with the second tyres there was some potential to come so I pushed to the limit and third place is great."