Alonso bullish about title chances

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fernando Alonso may have finished on the podium in the Korean Grand Prix, but he relinquished the lead of the championship for the first time since the European Grand Prix in June.

Nevertheless, Alonso remains optimistic ahead of the final four races of the season.

"It was a difficult race and, come the end of the weekend, I am happy with the way things went. I was starting from the dirty side of the track, we had doubts over tyre life and what would be the race pace of our rivals. With all these concerns, managing to get to the podium meant I could breathe a big sigh of relief", he said.

"It’s true that Red Bull was quickest all weekend, but our aim was to be right behind them and we achieved that. It’s also true that I am no longer leading the championship, but being six points down does not mean much, just as it did not mean much being four points up going into this race".

With Felipe Massa finishing in fourth place, Ferrari jumps ahead of McLaren in the Constructors Championship, something which pleases the Spaniard.

"It is also very significant that we are back in second place in the Constructors’, as it means the team is on the case and that will be our strong point from now until the end of the season. Being in this position having pretty much skipped two races out of the last four says a lot", he said.

Alonso added that there is still plenty to play for.

"There are a hundred points up for grabs and everything will depend on how much we can improve over the coming races. Here we were much closer to the lead than we were in Singapore and nearer than in Suzuka, so we must continue in this direction", he said.

He also reckons that Red Bull's good form won't last.

"Vettel’s three wins in a row? Well, he and Red Bull have had three perfect weekends so congratulations for that, but when everything goes smoothly for so long, inevitably sooner or later something has to happen. We are right in the fight for the title with a car that has never been the fastest. It seems we are capable of doing something good too, don’t you think".

Alonso has not won a race since July's German Grand Prix.

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