Alonso ‘100% confident we will win title’

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says he is sure he will win the championship.

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Alonso confident he can still win F1 title (Reuters)

“I think it’s more challenging for us now but I remain 100% confident that we will fight for this championship and we will win it.”

Q&A with Red Bull?s Helmut Marko (F1)

“We have never had team orders but we bank on the intelligence of our drivers. I think they demonstrated their ability to use their brain as well as their feet very recently in Korea. Mark [Webber’s] start was not so good but there was no collision. As long as Mark has a theoretical, mathematical chance of winning the title it is understandable when he says that he is first and foremost driving for himself.”

‘Europe will lose out’ (Sky)

“We’ll keep trying to move forward. We’re a world championship. We’ll probably lose two or three more races in Europe as we have to sort of move on.”

I’m not retiring yet – Ecclestone (BBC)

“I will tell CVC [F1 owners] exactly if I’m going to turn it in when I’m 85 or something like that, which will give them plenty of notice.”

McLaren sure it can still beat Red Bull (Autosport)

Sporting director Sam Michael: “If he does get away and maintains a three second gap, there is still a possibility to get him on strategy, but it will be pretty hard. All the signs from practice are that we can run with them but, when you get there and get in the wake, you lose 10-15% of your downforce and then you start falling off the back.”

BJP slams Ferrari’s move to display the Italian Navy flag, while FMSCI is okay with it (The Indian Express)

“The [Bharatiya Janata Party, one of India’s largest political parties] in Kerala has slammed Ferrari’s move to display the Italian Navy flag on its racing cars during the Indian Grand Prix to express solidarity with two Italian marines facing trial in Kerala for gunning down two Indian fishermen.”

FMSCI backs Ferrari in flag issue (Deccan Herald)

“‘The FMSCI [Federation of Motor Sports of India] would like to maintain that the FIA code of motorsport is apolitical and non-religious and the FMSCI will not permit motorsports to be politicised in any manner,’ read the statement issued by its president Vicky Chandhok.”

Di Resta: ‘You haven’t seen real me’ (The Telegraph)

“Di Resta is too polite to say that is the reason McLaren have taken on Mexican Sergio Perez as Lewis Hamilton?s replacement next year, but he hints it may be what he thinks. Perez ‘opens up various different markets,’ he says. ‘But listen, it was flattering to be linked to a team like McLaren.'”

Narain Karthikeyan terribly underrated, says team mate Pedro de la Rosa (The Times of India)

“Narain is a very strong driver and terribly underrated. I think he still has a few more seasons of F1 left in him.”

Ferrari via Twitlonger

“To those who think that there’s a coldness between [Alonso] and [Ferrari] the truth is we have never been as united as we are now. Forza Fernando! Forza Ferrari!”

Formula One Betting: Indian Grand Prix Race Preview (Unibet)

My race preview for Unibet.

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Comment of the day

Minardi (@Gitanes) is disappointed with how the quality of racing has dropped off as the season has gone on:

What a drop off in the excitement level from earlier in the year, which was maybe at an all-time high.

The combination of Red Bull dominance, lack of rain, and teams finally adjusting to the new Pirellis, has totally ruined the season.

I can?t believe that some people were actually complaining about the randomness earlier. I would do anything to bring it back!
Minardi (@Gitanes)

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