Budapest: Double world champion Fernando Alonso marked his 30th birthday on Friday with a declaration that he is intent on winning Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and blowing the world title fight wide open.
The Ferrari driver, who was second fastest behind Lewis Hamilton, of McLaren, in free practice, said he was certain he could mount a serious bid for victory that would help keep his championship hopes alive.
"I think it's going to be pretty close so that's good news for us," he said. "In the first races it was unthinkable that we could win. We tried to get podiums and get close to them.