Fernando Alonso says Ferrari's Indian Grand Prix chances depend on a qualifying upturn

Fernando Alonso thinks he and his Ferrari team can be in the hunt for victory in the Indian Grand Prix if they can qualify near the front of the grid

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari's Indian Grand Prix chances depend on a qualifying upturn

With the team encouraged by the form it has shown in practice, helped in part by a new front wing design that was trialled in Korea for the first time, Alonso is upbeat about the potential for the rest of the weekend.

However, with Ferrari having traditionally been unable to unleash the best performance from its tyres and car in qualifying this year - and therefore leaving it too far down the grid to challenge for the win - he thinks it vital that it does a better job this afternoon.

"We need to wait and see how the qualifying goes," Alonso said. "We are in the top three with both cars, and we had no big issues with the balance of the car. Everything is working fine, and we are more optimistic after practice than we were beforehand.

"But we know the potential of Red Bull and the McLarens, and we know that in qualifying they will be strong and favourite for pole position. Knowing that, I think our strongest point is always the race pace on Sunday.

"We need to do a good qualifying to be on the top two rows of the grid or something like that. If we do that then we can have a very strong race."

Alonso was confident that there would be no repeat of the engine problem that had stopped him in practice one, after his team elected to replace his power unit for second practice.

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