Fernando Alonso: 'I can still win world championship'

Alonso happy with third-place finish
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Fernando Alonso remains hopeful of winning the world championship this season after finishing third at the United States Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has said that he is still hopeful that he will win the world championship this season.

The Spaniard finished third in the United States Grand Prix on Sunday and is now 13 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull with just one more race left.

"We know that our championship [hopes stay] alive maybe thanks to the first laps," BBC Sport quotes Alonso as saying.

"We are always qualifying around seventh or eighth and we finish the first lap in first three or four positions, and after that the race becomes easier. Today we knew there was a good chance [to] try to overtake people in the first corner.

"If we are in the leading group we can always keep the pace. Today was not possible to keep the pace with these two guys. This podium is like a victory for us."

The final race of the season is in Brazil next weekend.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel in Austin, Texas on November 17, 2012
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