• Belgian Grand Prix

Alonso tips Red Bull for Spa glory

ESPNF1 Staff
August 26, 2010 « No more margin for error - Vettel | »
Fernando Alonso reckons his title chances are 50/50 © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso reckons Red Bull will once again be the team to beat at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel qualified over a second faster than Alonso at the tight and twisty Hungaroring, although the Ferrari driver did manage to finish second in the race ahead of the German. Despite Spa Francorchamps requiring a very different set-up to Hungary, Alonso cannot see the championship leaders losing their advantage over Ferrari and McLaren.

"I don't see how they would lose a one second advantage since Hungary, but this race and in fact the next one at Monza, requires special low downforce with small wings for less drag and it will be interesting to see who makes the best job of running this configuration," he said.

"I think we improved the car over the last three grands prix, which means we now have a very competitive package. However, we know it will be a very tough competition and that Red Bull will be strong everywhere and McLaren will be strong at certain circuits like this one and Monza.

"But I think we have the speed to fight for the world championship and as for this weekend, it is nice to know Ferrari has enjoyed great success at this circuit. Therefore there is no reason to be pessimistic, in fact it should be the opposite: we need to be very focussed, believe in ourselves and trust in the work we are doing. Then, hopefully we can continue down the line we saw in Hungary and Hockenheim."

When asked to put a number on his chances of winning the title, Alonso said: "50%, it can go either way. There is a chance that if we do better than the others in these seven remaining races, we win the championship, but if someone does better than us, they will take the title, because we are starting again almost from zero now, with a very small difference between the top drivers. We are basically starting a mini seven week championship.

"Of course, luck will be a factor, as you always need to be lucky. For example, it could rain for this race and then you need to make the right choice in terms of the decisions you make and when you make them. After that, you also need to bring the most developments to the car, which means that apart from the race on the track there is a race at the factory to make improvements on the car quicker than the other teams."