Alonso looks to rebound at Turkish GP

Fernando Alonso used a second place finish at last year's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix to rebound from some disappointing form.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Fernando Alonso used a second place finish at last year's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix to rebound from some disappointing form and start his drive to the world title. The defending world champion, who dropped out of the last grand prix this season, will have to look for another good finish Sunday in the race's second year If he wants to hold off a charging Michael Schumacher. With five races left in the season, Alonso has seen his lead cut from 25 to 10 points over the last four races. Alonso is not discouraged. "We have prepared well for this race and we are feeling fresh. It's the ideal way to go into the final races of the season," Alonso said. "I am in the position where everybody wants to be in, leading the championship, with the races counting down," said the Renault driver. After winning six of the first nine races this season, Alonso's performances in the last four races have dropped off. He has had a second, two-fifths and did not complete the August 6 Hungarian GP when a wheel nut broke off while he was comfortably leading. It was the first time in more than a year he didn't finish. Still he almost won the race. "The race in Hungary showed that the R26 (race car) is still very competitive, and that you have to take every weekend one at a time." the Spaniard said. "Turkey will be a new race with its own challenges, but I am feeling confident." Schumacher has won three of the last four races in his Ferrari, and even had a gift point in Hungary. After he dropped out with two laps left because of mechanical problems and finished a non-scoring ninth, Schumacher was moved to eighth some four hours after the race when seventh-place finisher Robert Kubica was disqualified for an underweight car. Schumacher's hot streak With a victory worth 10 points, Schumacher can now share the drivers championship lead if he wins at Turkey and Alonso is scoreless. Schumacher wanted to remain on his hot streak, but had to cool his heels while the season took its three-week break. "We have had a few days off and, naturally, I had a pleasant time," said Schumacher. "However, I could have done without it as it would have been better to go straight into the Grand Prix of Turkey after Hungary. "We have five chances to change the current situation and win the title now. The positive news from the Hungary weekend was that I can still win by concentrating only on what I do," the seven-time champion said. Schumacher did worse than Alonso here last year. He spun out, then dropped out after a collision with Mark Webber. After Alonso and Schumacher went out of the Hungarian race, Jenson Button in a Honda went on to take his first victory in Formula One after nearly seven years. (AP)