Fernando Alonso admits that it will be difficult for him to win the 2013 title but refused to throw in the towel despite finishing behind Sebastian Vettel in the Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso said before the race that he had to finish in front of Vettel in Italy and Singapore, but has lost a further seven points to the reigning world champion.
Alonso is now 53 points behind Vettel with seven rounds remaining.
“I think we need to be realistic about the championship now there’s a very big gap,” he said after finishing in second place.
“We don’t have enough races and probably we don’t have the speed right now to win some consecutive races and hope to reduce the gap just by pace. We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs from Sebastian or something to win the championship.”
Nonetheless, the Spaniard is refusing to give up the title.
“With the races left and the points disadvantage, it’s hard but in a way, it was exactly the same last year. We could only lose the championship, with 41 points advantage in front of Sebastian after the Monza race.”
“It was difficult for him to catch up and so it was maybe up to us. We didn’t complete the job and we had a DNF in Suzuka and some other problems. There’s still a long way to go; we will try until the last race to be as good as we can and score as many points as possible and then in Brazil we will see how many points we have compared to him.”
Alonso also strongly dismissed suggestions that his relationship with Ferrari is strained.
“It’s the third or fourth consecutive race that some people have tried to create some tension between the team and the drivers,” he said.
“Then we come to the press conference, we explain everything but obviously this doesn’t sell so many newspapers – normality. Every time I leave an airport, the hotel, home, everywhere – here in Italy there’s huge support, huge love from them and me to them as well and to the team and we keep repeating this and we saw today on the podium maybe not many of them read the newspapers in the morning, luckily.”