Fernando Alonso says that winning the next two races is not a realistic target – but believes he can beat reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso heads into Ferrari’s home race in Italy having not won a race since his own home event back in Spain in May.
“I don’t think two wins is something that we can put up like a target, y’know? We’ve won two Grand Prix until now in the championship so we will be a little bit too optimistic if we really think that we can win the next two races,” he said.
“We will try to do so and we will hope for the best but more realistic targets are to finish in front of Sebastian [Vettel]. I think it is a target that we want to do in the last couple of Grands Prix, we didn’t arrive to a situation to close the gap, we only close the gap in Silverstone when he retired. So, we need to change this situation.”
“We will be happy finishing in front of him, I think, here in Monza and in Singapore. Finishing in front of Sebastian means being on the podium. Minimum. Because we know how strong he is and how competitive Red Bull will be. So, two podiums and finishing in front of Sebastian is, I think, the target for these next two Grands Prix.”
Alonso believes that Ferrari will need to shift attention to 2014 should he fail to close the gap to Vettel after the Singapore Grand Prix.
“If we cannot do so, if we keep losing points, obviously we need to start thinking about the 2014 project because we’ll be only six or seven races remaining with massive points [deficit] so important weeks coming for sure.”
Alonso is currently Vettel’s nearest challenger in the championship but is 46 points behind the German.