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Alonso still 100% confident he can win title

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Fernando Alonso: "I remain 100% confident we will fight for the championship and we will win it" © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso insists he is 100% confident he can win the title this year, despite watching Red Bull lock out the front row of the grid in India for the third consecutive race weekend.

Alonso will start fifth on the grid on Sunday after qualifying 0.490s off the pace of his title rival Sebastian Vettel on pole. He is currently six points behind the Red Bull driver in the standings, but insists he can close that gap at the Indian Grand Prix and go on to win the championship over the following three races.

"I think it's more challenging for us now," he admitted, "but I remain 100% confident we will fight for the championship and we will win it.

"On Saturday they have the fastest car at the moment so they are first and second. One pole position is for [Mark] Webber in Korea and one pole position is for Vettel here so they are dominant as a team in performance. But I think on Sunday normally our pace improves a little bit and in Korea also we put some pressure on Webber especially.

"So let's wait for tomorrow. I think we can do a good race tomorrow and I still think we can take some good points tomorrow and hopefully more points than Sebastian. And then the next races we can hopefully be a little bit more competitive. The first target is to finish ahead of them tomorrow and I think we have the chance to do it."

Ferrari has had some well-documented issues with its wind tunnel this year that have had a negative impact on the car's development. The team has now switched to using Toyota's old wind tunnel and Alonso said there are still some bigger updates to come over the remaining races.

"We are improving our car and making the car faster, especially at this race but not so much at the last few races," he said. "But I think this happens to every team and you always need a bigger upgrade when you are not the fastest.

"What we had here in India was a small upgrade and we are waiting for some new parts at the next races and hopefully we can be closer to Red Bull because at the moment they are very dominant.

"But that's a general situation all year not just at the last four races. The wind tunnel was not giving us the right information and we lost the pace. We were out of the pace in February, out of the pace in July and out of the pace in September so we keep more or less consistent."