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Ferrari back in the title hunt - Alonso

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "We know we have the car to fight with the top" © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso says Ferrari is confident it has a car capable of winning the championship this year after he took his latest victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso won comfortably in front of his home crowd, closing the gap to Sebastian Vettel in the title race to 17 points. After losing points with a retirement in Malaysia and a DRS problem in Bahrain, Alonso said Ferrari needed to focus on taking advantage of the full pace of the car.

"Nothing really changes," he said. "We've only had five races and we've had ups and downs. Some races we have had a good race with no problems, and we more or less finished all of them on the podium. At some races we have had mistakes and mechanical problems that we don't want to repeat, but we know we have the car to fight with the top and we can fight for the championship. If we do a good enough job we can fight and that's what we will aim to do."

Alonso said he had been given an extra boost by racing in front of his home fans on Sunday.

"It was a fantastic emotion and the crowd really helped because you could feel the support from everybody. Every single member of the team took care of every detail because we want to do well in front of our fans and so many people supporting Ferrari. We did it and we're happy for that but we don't want to stop here obviously."