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Alonso ready to play hardball in Korea 13 Oct 2010

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 9 October 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 10 October 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 10 October 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 and Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso says he must go on the attack at the forthcoming Korean Grand Prix in order to stop championship leader Mark Webber pulling further ahead in the title race.

Following his third place behind the Red Bulls at Suzuka last weekend, Alonso trails Webber by 14 points with three rounds remaining. He now believes the inaugural Yeongam race could prove decisive in the 2010 championship battle.

“In Korea we will have to attack because now we must close the gap to Webber,” said Alonso, after acknowledging Ferrari had little hope of beating Red Bull in Japan. “To lose any more ground would make the situation more complicated.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button saw their title challenges fade somewhat at Suzuka, but Alonso believes it is too early to rule anyone out, even though he admits the focus must now be on keeping Webber in check - something in which team mate Felipe Massa could play a critical role.

“Too many times this year we’ve seen someone come back into the game after they’d seemed out of it - and that could easily happen again,” added Alonso. “Having said that, perhaps the only one who can afford a bad weekend is Webber: for all the others it would perhaps mean giving up any chance, especially the ones who are a bit behind today.

“The Korean Grand Prix could therefore start to be decisive for some - and for me it will be important also to be able to count on my team mate Felipe. I know that he will be really hoping to make up for two negative results and he has all the capacities required to return to the podium.”

Alonso is looking forward to seeing the Korea International Circuit in the flesh after relying on virtual reality for guidance up to now, the venue having only been granted official FIA approval earlier this week.

“We’ve been working on the new track for a few days on the simulator: the first two sectors are very quick with long straights while the last sector reminds me of the last part of the circuit at Abu Dhabi,” he commented.

“The tarmac is wide, which should make it possible to try overtaking moves. I’m always curious to discover a new circuit, both from a personal and professional point of view. From next Wednesday onwards I will try to discover if the simulations have been accurate enough. Then we will have a few more kilometres of running available on Friday compared to usual so we can find the right feeling on the track.”

The Korean Grand Prix takes place at Yeongam on October 22-24.

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