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Alonso defends qualifying performance

The Spaniard has been on 'pole' only four times in the last four years,
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2nd, 2013 (F1plus/GMM).- Fernando Alonso has hit back at suggestions he could up his game in the discipline of qualifying. The spaniard has managed to improve his starting position in almost every single race, and many wonder what would happen if qualifying upper in the grid.

When it was announced that Kimi Raikkonen is heading back to Ferrari in 2014, Alonso's friend Mark Webber said that is good news for the Spaniard.

"Fernando needs to be pushed more on Saturday afternoons," said the Australian.

Indeed, in Alonso's four seasons wearing red, he has been on pole only four times, compared to 36 in the same period for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso told Brazil's Totalrace: "It's on Sunday that the points are given.

"But even if Saturday is not the priority, I have been the best in terms of qualifying that Felipe has had as a teammate.

"My advantage compared to him is 82 per cent," he insisted.

"So even if Saturday is not my strongest point, in eight out of ten weekends, I'm in front of him. So I don't think this is a problem for me," Alonso added.

The Spanish driver is comparing himself to his teammate, but that should not be the sole benchmark, as he is basically competing against Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg.

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