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Alonso: "not thinking what will happen on Sunday" Yas Island, 11 November -- The biggest media crowd of the season filled the Yas Marina circuit press conference room this afternoon for the obvious reason that all four drivers still in the fight...

Alonso: "not thinking what will happen on Sunday"

Yas Island, 11 November -- The biggest media crowd of the season filled the Yas Marina circuit press conference room this afternoon for the obvious reason that all four drivers still in the fight for the title were on the panel. Sitting in between his two Red Bull Racing rivals, Fernando Alonso said that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro would base its strategy for Sunday's season finale on its Friday and Saturday performance. "We could change our tactics depending on how competitive we have been up to then and where we are on the grid," he said.

Asked to pick out the strengths of the Ferrari F10 package, the Spaniard felt there was nothing specific. "I do not think we have the corner speed of the Red Bulls, nor the straight line speed of the McLarens, but overall we are generally competitive over the whole weekend and I am relatively confident in the performance of the car. Whatever the outcome, I will look back at this year and think that, for the previous two seasons I was struggling to get into Q3 and Ferrari also had a tough time in 2009. But this year, we are here together fighting for the title against two Red Bulls, so whatever happens on Sunday, it will have been a great 2010 anyway. At the moment, I am not losing even one second of my energy thinking what will happen on Sunday. We must do the work on Friday and Saturday to prepare for our goal. On Saturday, we should be on the front row if possible, although pole would be welcome! In the race, our target is to finish first and second, but for now it is not our job to believe or not believe in what could happen."

Fernando is hoping for the best possible race result for the Scuderia, not just for himself. "There have been some races this season, such as Germany, Singapore, Monza where the car has been competitive and we have had two cars on the podium," he recalled. "If we can do that here, it would be a huge help for me and if Felipe had a perfect weekend, even winning the race, then that would be perfect for us."

Of the four title contenders, only Fernando and Lewis Hamilton has experienced fighting for a title before, whereas the Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have not. The Ferrari driver did not think this was much of an advantage: "I would rather have a new front wing at this race or some other performance advantage than have past experience!"

-source: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , McLaren