Alonso: Webber behind, Lotus in front

Saturday 28th July 2012

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Alonso: Webber behind, Lotus in front

Alonso: Webber behind, Lotus in front

Starting sixth in the Hungarian GP, Championship leader Fernando Alonso says his goal on Sunday is to ensure Mark Webber stays behind him.

With several rivals looking quick in the dry around the Hungaroring, Ferrari struggled throughout the weekend to match the front running McLarens and Lotuses.

It was more of the same in qualifying where Alonso put his F2012 sixth on the timesheets, 0.891s off the pace set by pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

"It was better than I expected to be honest because we were a little bit worried about the Q3 possibilities with the two Lotuses, two Red Bulls, two McLarens and Force India also looked quite quick," he said.

"We made it into Q3 and then P6 is a reasonable position at the moment. Second in the Championship is Webber, and he starts 11th, so hopefully we can keep him behind the whole race."

However, it's not just keeping Webber behind that Alonso will be wanting come Sunday.

The Spaniard is also hoping that Romain Grosjean, who will be starting second, takes a few points away from his other title rivals, namely Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

"I hope so," he said when asked about the possibility of Lotus taking points off his main rivals.

"They are quick, they have been quick all weekend, they did a very good qualifying, and normally on race pace they are very strong. Staring up at the front, if we cannot win for sure for us the best thing is if Lotus wins.

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