Alonso prefers to start from third place

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Fernando Alonso is counting on the unpredictability factor and assumes that tyres will play a major role: "Tyre wear seems greater here than at other tracks, so we've got to manage them well, as far as strategy is concerned. The soft compound affords more grip, whilst our problem with the hard tyres is that we can never get them to work properly. Maybe we'll need more than one pit stop tomorrow."

Quite apart from that, he was very pleased with qualifying and had the same thoughts as Domenicali: "After missing pole, it was better to be third and not second, because starting from the dirty side would be very difficult."

After Red Bull's track record in qualifying this year, Alonso expected them to be quick, but the gap wasn't that big: "That shows that we can give them a good scrap tomorrow. We need to get away well off the line and not take too many risks on Turn One. Anything can happen in the race. The most important thing is to finish. In theory, there are some places where overtaking is possible, but we'll have to see tomorrow, whether it's actually the case."