Alonso looks for top three finish in Singapore

Fernando Alonso has talked up his prospects for this upcoming weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The Spaniard returns to the scene of last year’s now somewhat hollow victory hoping to produce a good result, which would boost his team’s morale considerably.

The Renault R29 is looking much improved of late, although the team have not yet confirmed whether they will use KERS this weekend. Alonso guided the machine to a solid fifth place at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, where they did use the power boost system.

“The car is working well at most circuits so I believe we are competitive enough to get close to the podium, which has to be my target this weekend,” said Alonso in a team preview.

Among speculation that Alonso was the mysterious “Witness X” in the Crashgate testimony about the same event last year, the one thing guaranteed is that he will not be able to count on similar assistance this time round. New team-mate Romain Grosjean is only intending to enhance his reputation, by putting in a good performance and staying out of the walls.

“My aim is to put together a strong weekend to maximise practice, qualifying and the race. I will try and get close to Fernando in qualifying and hopefully race for some points,” the Frenchman said.