Alonso believes podium is realistic goal

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Formula 1 championship leader Fernando Alonso reckons a podium finish is a realistic goal in the Singapore Grand Prix after only qualifying fifth.

Alonso admitted following practice that Singapore would not be a great circuit for Ferrari, and he was 0.8 seconds off polesitter Lewis Hamilton's McLaren in qualifying.

"I think we must be happy with our position because we struggled all weekend," said Alonso.

"We were not quick enough in free practice, and not quick enough in qualifying.

"I think the McLarens were unbeatable, at least for pole."

Although he is concerned about Ferrari's raw pace, Alonso believes there will still be opportunities to pull off a result in the race.

"Starting fifth, on the inside, we have a good position to fight for the podium, which is maybe the maximum for the weekend," he said.

"I think strategy will be a good path tomorrow. We also saw degradation was an issue last year so we need to take care with the tyres, the pitstops and the start.

"Many things can play in tomorrow - like the weather, we always hear a thunderstorm is a possibility. Let's see tomorrow."

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