Hamilton's building so Alonso knows it won't be child's play to block him from glory
16:37 GMT, 20 September 2012
Fernando Alonso is turning his attention to Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix as he looks to hold on to his Formula One title lead.
Hamilton has won two of the last three races to fire himself in to contention for the championship, although he remains 37 points behind the Spaniard with seven races left.
Building a title win: Fernando Alonso sitting in a lego replica of his car
Jensen Button, Hamilton's McLaren
partner is currently sixth in the standings and although he is unlikely
to get back in contention for the overall win it shows that McLaren's
vehicles are currently top dogs.
'McLaren are favourites to win this week so we need to stop their domination. Hopefully, we have brought some new parts to the car since Monza and it means we can do well here and at the races after that,' said Alonso, the Ferrari star.
'Everybody is strong at the moment and everybody is a contender. There are still five or six drivers that can fight for the title.
Aiming high: Alonso with team-mate Felipe Massa (left)
'Sure, Lewis is a strong driver and someone I respect as we know how good he can drive with a good car or a bad car and he is second in the standings.
'But it is hard to focus on five drivers at once, with the strategies and the stops, so it is best to be aware of the closest one and at the moment that is Lewis.'
Inspection: The pair check out the replica
Alonso has always found the Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit welcoming – he has picked up two wins out of four races on the track.
He admitted: 'I have been lucky with the cars here, (they) have always been competitive apart from in 2009 when I didn’t make the podium.
'It is a challenging track and there is no room for error and, like Monaco, you need to know your limits. On a normal track, if you touch the grass you lose the lap. Here, if you touch the wall then you lose the session.
Tricky: Alonso says the Singapore circuit is challenging
'So it’s quite challenging… not only physically, nearly two hours of racing and the humidity makes it a mental test too. The stress of not making a single mistake over the whole weekend means it is a difficult race.
'We were competitive in Monaco and Canada – which is a sort of street circuit – so we hope to do similarly well here. So Saturday (qualifying) is a very important day for us.'