Fernando Alonso has vowed to continue fighting in his bid to catch Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, despite the German’s ever increasing lead at the sharp-end of the standings. Although Fernando Alonso understands such a feat continues to get trickier, he is remaining as optimistic as possible as the sport prepares to leave Europe.
Once again Ferrari endured a less-than-successful qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix, with Felipe Massa out-qualifying Fernando Alonso in 4th position. However, the duo were both out-qualified by Ferrari engine customer Sauber as Nico Hulkenberg powered his way to 3rd on the grid alongside the Brazilian. Despite yet another troubled session for the Scuderia, their luck once again changed during the race as both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa strove to take to the fight to the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Despite their decent start, the Ferrari duo were unable to challenge Sebastian Vettel’s dominance, as the German sensation stormed to his sixth win of the season and further extended his lead in the Championship to 53 points. Although the gap has continued to increase over recent race weekends, Fernando Alonso is remaining optimistic on his chances of denying the reigning Champion the chance to clinch his fourth successive Drivers’ Crown.
“Stepping onto the Monza podium is always a special feeling, as it’s the only one where you can feel all the love that the fans have for the team and it’s the best prize at the end of what was an almost perfect weekend.” Explained Fernando Alonso, “‘Almost’ because our Championship rivals won and we send them our congratulations. We tried our best and even if we have to be realistic about our Championship chances, as it’s not an easy task to close down a 53 point gap in the few remaining races, in Formula 1 anything can happen and we will believe in our chances all the way to the finish line in Brazil, always trying to give a hundred percent”.
The Italian outfit’s result is their best since the Spanish Grand Prix way back in May, when Fernando Alonso stormed to a memorable victory on home soil ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Felipe Massa. Although Fernando Alonso remains optimistic, he fully understands that he requires Sebastian Vettel to endure some retirements in the final few races whilst he romps to further victories.
“I think for the Championship, we need to be realistic,” said Fernando Alonso, in the post-race press conference. “It’s still a very big gap and we don’t have enough races and probably not have the speed right now to win some consecutive races. We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs from Seb [Vettel] or something to win the Championship. With the races left and the points disadvantage it is hard but in a way, it was exactly the same last year.”
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari will be hoping that Sebastian Vettel does not continue to dominate when the sport returns to Asia later this month, such was the case last season when the German won four successive races in Singapore, Japan, Korea and India. With Ferrari poised to confirm their driver line-up for next season, the Scuderia will be aiming to remain focused on the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.
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