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Alonso aims to close gap to Red Bulls in Turkey

ESPNF1 Staff
May 26, 2010 « Pirelli deal rumoured to be signed and sealed | »
Fernando Alonso is determined to close the gap to the Red Bulls in Turkey © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso is still confident he can still win his third drivers' title this year despite a difficult start to the 2010 season.

Speaking on the eve of the Turkish Grand Prix, Alonso said the fact that he is still a close third in the championship gives him hope that he can catch the impressive Red Bulls.

"If you think that, of the first six races, four times I found myself last or thereabouts after the opening laps and I am third in the world championship, three points off the leader, I have no reason not to be confident," said Alonso.

Alonso started the season in style, winning the season opener in Bahrain. Since then, however, he has only once finished on the podium after a string of disappointing results. After the dominant performance of Red Bull over the last two races, Alonso highlighted the importance of closing the gap during a landmark weekend for the team.

"Istanbul will be a very important race for us, not just for this championship, but also in terms of the history of Ferrari, as it will be the Scuderia's 800th grand prix. That will be a further motivating factor to get a good result and try and make it to the podium, hopefully ahead of the Red Bulls.

"The team has worked very hard in the days following the Monaco Grand Prix and I leave for Turkey in a confident and optimistic mood."