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Alonso aiming for Sunday rebound

Saturday 21-September-2013 16:37

Fernando Alonso is hoping for a "good Sunday" after once again struggling for single lap pace during qualifying in Singapore.

The double World Champion was down on pace during Saturday's qualifying at the high downforce Marina Bay circuit and could only manage seventh place on the grid.

Alonso's 1:43.938 was a full second short of title rival Sebastian Vettel's pole position time.

But despite his Saturday trials, Alonso is hoping to bounce back come Sunday night's 61-lap grand prix.

"We were not competitive in any of the sessions this weekend unfortunately and we were struggling a little bit with the pace compared with our main competitors," he told Sky Sports F1.

"But in a way it's nothing new from some other weekends - qualifying struggling a little bit, Sunday improving things, and in the end getting close to the podium or on the podium.

"So tomorrow we will try to do our good Sunday again, try to score many points and see where our main competitors finish the race."

Asked about strategy, the Ferrari driver said he'll be taking it "step-by-step" and dealing with whatever the race throws at him.

"It's not so clear yesterday after the long runs which tyre is the best for the race, how many stops are coming into the race," Alonso said.

"So I think strategy is very open at the moment. We need to concentrate step-by-step, the first is the start, the first corner, the first lap. After that making the tyres stay alive for a little bit longer than our rivals and then we'll see [where they are].

"It's a tricky circuit in a mechanical point of view, in the physical point of view, so we must finish the race, score as many points as possible and then check what the others did."

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