Belgian GP: Fernando Alonso adamant he can still win

Fernando Alonso remains adamant that he can win the Belgian Grand Prix for Ferrari despite only qualifying ninth at Spa

Belgian GP: Fernando Alonso adamant he can still win

The Spaniard is confident that only the changing weather prevented him getting into the top six.

"I think it was the conditions that hurt us," Alonso said.

"In Q1 in wet conditions we were first, in dry conditions in Q2 we were second, so I think the potential of the car was there.

"In the extra lap that some cars did in Q3, they got a little bit lucky with it completely stopping raining, so I think that helped by three or four positions.

"We were maybe not going to fight for pole, but I think we were in a condition for fourth, fifth or sixth."

Asked what he was aiming for on Sunday, Alonso replied: "Winning the race. I think we can do it.

"Anything can happen here. [Sebastian] Vettel started 11th last year and finished second.

"Spa always offers you big possibilities for a comeback, especially in terms of weather unpredictability.

"We have to think positively for the race because in wet or dry conditions the car seems to perform well."

Alonso conceded that leapfrogging the cars ahead could be a headache, though.

"If we manage to pass the people in front, we have the pace," he said.

"The only problem will be to pass them and we have to think how."

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