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Happy Alonso not thinking of victory

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso says he is not thinking of victory in the Australian Grand Prix, and claims his main goal is to score as many points as possible.

The Ferrari driver, leading the championship after winning in Bahrain two weeks ago, will start tomorrow's race from third position, behind the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Alonso admitted he did not expect to be able to beat the Red Bulls in qualifying, but was still pleased with his performance.

"Qualifying has been good for us," said Alonso. "We knew that to beat the Red Bulls was a difficult thing to do here, so we concentrated to maximise our potential, and third was a very good result

"Tomorrow the race is long, so we'll try to finish the race on the podium like Bahrain, and we want to keep scoring points. There will be a long race, with safety cars, accidents, problems and it will be very tough.

"First we need to finish the race and then see if we are quick to win the race or not."

The Spaniard admitted the result was no surprise to him, and said he is confident of a strong, although difficult, race.

"It's not a surprise because I was not expecting a clear order," he added. "Yesterday's times mean really nothing because with a different fuel load that we have this year everyone can have different preparation for this weekend.

"Yesterday I was P15, so we were preparing the race compared to our competitors a little bit more. For tomorrow I am confident but as all three said tomorrow's race is a very long race with many things that normally happen here.

"I'm extremely happy with a place in the top three, but this is start of the weekend and tomorrow is the real job."

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