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Alonso insists he will win title

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso was penalised for overtaking off the circuit © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso is adamant Ferrari is still in with a great chance of winning the world championship despite suffering a further setback in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

"I think we will win. Yes," Alonso told Autosport. "I think we lacked points in Valencia and Silverstone, but these are some moments of the championship where we needed to show that we want the championship and that we are a contender. I am more convinced than before this race that we will win the championship."

After qualifying an encouraging third on the grid, Alonso made a poor start after hitting team-mate Felipe Massa at the first corner before getting a drive-through penalty for overtaking Robert Kubica by cutting a corner. It dropped Alonso to the back of the pack and he eventually finished a lowly 14th.

"The start was not good. We had some clutch problems all weekend. The start from the formation lap and at the end of the pit lane were not good either, so we were not full of confidence for the start, and unfortunately it was true.

"We had a poor start and then, in the first couple of laps, we were fifth. We tried to overtake people in the stops, but it didn't work because Robert was still in front of us after the stop. We had to attack to make some places and then we overtook Robert. But then I had the penalty and the safety car was deployed so we lost 14 positions in the drive-through.

"Obviously from that point it was difficult being in 18th position, so we tried to enjoy the race, make some overtaking, make some show."