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Fernando Alonso hopes Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, 14 November
Race: 1210-1515 on BBC One, Red Button, online and Radio 5 live sports extra

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel

Highlights - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying

Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso hopes McLaren's Lewis Hamilton can aid his title bid by winning Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole ahead of Hamilton and Alonso, whose closest championship rival, Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, was fifth.

Vettel needs to win with Alonso out of the top four to be champion.

Alonso said: "Hopefully Hamilton can have a good start, overtake Vettel and win the race."

All four men are in title contention, with Alonso ahead of Webber by eight points, Vettel by 15 and Hamilton 24. There are 25 points for victory.

1 ALONSO 246pts
2 WEBBER 238pts
3 VETTEL 231pts
4 HAMILTON 222pts
If Alonso wins or is second, he is champion
If Webber wins, he wins the title if Alonso is third or worse
If Vettel wins and Alonso is 5th or worse, Vettel wins the title
If Hamilton wins, Alonso must fail to score, Webber be 6th or worse and Vettel 3rd or worse for Hamilton to win the title

If Alonso crosses the line first or second on Sunday the title will be his, but should the Spaniard finish third or worse and Webber win then the Australian Red Bull driver would take the crown.

Equally, if Alonso finishes fifth or worse and Vettel wins then the title would go to Webber's German team-mate.

Hamilton must win the race and hope Alonso finishes out of the points to stand any chance of the title.

If Hamilton wins, Alonso would then only need a top-five finish to guarantee the title.

Fernando Alonso

Alonso confident of claiming title

"I feel happy, very happy with how things went in qualifying," added Alonso.

"Our main worry coming here was a very dominant Red Bull Bull, first and second in qualifying and then in the race increasing the gap every lap.

"With (them) first and fifth we can be a little bit more confident.

"But we need to see how the race pace is, the pit stop. Many things can happen, but I feel confident."

Alonso was down in fifth place after his first of two runs in final qualifying, but he produced a storming lap to grab third at the very end of the session. But he played down his efforts.

"We knew there was some potential there to improve the lap because we had traffic in the last sector in the first run," he said.


Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said: "It was a tense qualifying but considering the situation it was OK. But now is the most difficult part of the job.

"We know Hamilton is very fast and he will attack because he has no choice. We don't have to do too many calculations, we need to be smooth and clean and we will see."

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see also
Vettel storms to Abu Dhabi pole
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Abu Dhabi GP qualifying as it happened
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No team orders, insist Red Bull
11 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Abu Dhabi GP qualifying photos
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