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Alonso says win is 'very unlikely'

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Fernando Alonso says it is "very unlikely" that Ferrari can challenge for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix after he could only qualify in sixth place.

The first two rows have been locked out by Mercedes and Red Bull in Monte Carlo, with Alonso lining up alongside title rival Kimi Raikkonen on row three. Alonso was a second off the pace set by Nico Rosberg and admitted Ferrari got a lot wrong in qualifying; something it will have to avoid in Sunday's race.

"I think we are not totally happy with our performance," Alonso said. "We were not competitive enough today in qualifying or the free practice as well. The chance for the win; obviously in Formula One nothing is impossible but it's very unlikely I think that we'll be fighting for the victory starting from sixth in Monaco.

"We'll see. We saw the GP2 start, we know the safety car possibilities here on any lap, so there are many factors that can be wrong. The same as today; it was a difficult qualifying, very difficult to interpret which tyres to put on. We know Mercedes, Lotus, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, we were competitive. Also Force India, and we saw di Resta out of Q1 after a very competitive weekend, we saw Grosjean out of Q2 after a very competitive weekend, so there were many possibilities to get it wrong today.

"I think there will not be many possibilities to get it right tomorrow because there is nothing to do with the strategy or the pace, but there are many things that can go wrong so we need to avoid all of this."

Alonso added that he was unsure why Ferrari had been so far off the pace during qualifying.

"I think we need to understand it better because on Thursday we were not the fastest but we were not as bad as today. We were a little bit more competitive. I think today we lost some ground, perhaps the temperature or whatever happened today, we felt less competitive. This morning we had a different set-up and just to have no doubts we went back to the Thursday set-up for qualifying but we were still not very competitive, so we need to understand it.

"We had both cars on the podium in Barcelona, then this morning before the problem for Felipe [Massa] we were P9 and P11, so definitely today we were not at our best."

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