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Fernando Alonso confessed that his chances of winning the Monaco Grand Prix were dim after he qualified sixth on Saturday, potentially extending Ferrari’s 11-year barren run on the sinewy streets of Monte Carlo.
At a track where grid position is vital, the Spaniard could do no better than sixth with championship rivals Sebastian Vettel qualifying in third and Kimi Raikkonen in fifth.
"I think it's going to be difficult," Alonso was quoted saying by Autosport. "It's not the best qualifying position if you want to fight for the race win.
"Nothing is impossible in Formula 1, but it's going to be very unlikely that we'll fight for the victory," he insisted.
The Ferrari driver, however, hoped to finish ahead of Vettel and Raikkonen, which he pointed out was the “second main target”.
"We will be fighting against the statistics as the winners here have nearly always started from the front rows, but we will try and make the most of any opportunity that comes our way to move up the order,” said Ferrari technical director Pat Fry.