Alonso: Ferrari can reduce the gap between Vettel

Championship candidate Fernando Alonso admits that start from the eighth on the grid would be still difficult for the United States Grand Prix, but he still expecting Ferrari can reduce the gap between Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso benefitted one grid position gain from the actual qualifying position as Lotus’s Romain Grosjean is penalized for a gearbox unit change.

If Sebastian Vettel is to set top-podium in inaugural race at American GP, the Spaniard must finish at least fourth to keep any championship expectations, ahead of Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend.

“Yes, we expected that,” Alonso said following the US Grand Prix qualifying.

“We started seventh in Abu Dhabi and we knew it would still be complicated here but, as always, the race is tomorrow and I still think we’re going to reduce the gap to Sebastian. I just have a strange feeling. Spaniard added.

“He starts from pole and, yes, his pace is very strong, but the race is long so let’s see if we can get any more opportunities. We’ll see how the start goes first, but if Sebastian does win here and then in Brazil he will be a World Champion and deserves it.”

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