Fernando Alonso: 'Title race is open'

Alonso: 'Title race is open'
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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes that the fight for the Formula 1 title is "very open".

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has insisted that the championship fight is "very open" following his impressive showing in the Chinese Grand Prix at the weekend.

The Spaniard's first win of 2013 moved him third in the overall rankings, a success that he believes has blown the race for the crown wide open.

Alonso told BBC Sport: "At the moment I think Ferrari, Lotus, Red Bull and Mercedes are very similar. It is very close to call and a very open championship."

"We need to wait until maybe after the summer break or something like that to clearly see the real contenders.

"Hopefully we are in that group after the summer. Hopefully Felipe Massa can be in that group as well; that will mean that the car is going well, and I think at the moment Lotus, Red Bull and Mercedes are in the same position as us, let's say. I don't see anyone has a clear advantage."

Alonso finished second in Australia, but crashed out on the second lap in Malaysia.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso at F1 qualifying in Austin, Texas on November 17, 2012
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