Alonso still holds title hope

Fernando Alonso (16/1 – Indian GP outright) insists he can still win the 2012 world title despite Sebastian Vettel’s dominance during Saturday’s qualifying session in India.

The Spaniard has led the championship for most of the year but has recently struggled to compete with the pace of Vettel who overtook him in the standings following the last race in Korea, as he took his third victory in a row.

The German (2/5 favourite – Indian GP outright) will once again start on pole for Sunday’s race at the Buddh International Circuit and after he and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber dominated qualifying, the 25-year-old is expected to take the win that could almost guarantee him his third consecutive world title.

Alonso himself put in a strong performance on Saturday, finishing fifth on the grid behind the McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The 31-year-old already has two previous world crowns to his name, having won the championship in 2005 and 2006, and remains confident he can make it a hat-trick of titles in 2012.

“I think it’s more challenging for us now but I remain 100 per cent confident that we will fight for this Championship and we will win it,” he said. “I think we can do a good race.

“I think we can take some good points and hopefully more points than Sebastian but the first target is to finish in front of them. I think we have chances to do it.”

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