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Singapore GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2

Fernando, a lot of people are talking about how this championship is finished. What's your mentality, no surrender? Do you think there are some tracks where you can try to win? What is the situation?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, as I said before, it's very difficult. Nothing changed too much over the last two or three Grands Prix. We need to be very lucky but not only in one weekend, we need to be lucky for the last six races if we want to win the championship. We have a points deficit which is a big gap and we have a performance deficit which is a big gap so we need to be very lucky. We saw today, again: Webber stopped on the last lap. If this happened to Sebastian one weekend, we have to be there, in second place. If we cannot win the race, we need to be right behind and try to take any opportunity but being realistic, we know that we need to be very very lucky.

Q: (Lim Say Heng – The New Paper/People Singapore)
Sebastian, you said before that the race in Singapore is probably the toughest in the calendar. Now that you have won here, would you say that the toughest part of this year's title race is now over?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, the toughest race in terms of physical challenge, I think – at least, that's the way I feel. A couple of years ago, Fernando asked for the race to be a bit shorter. It's quite long, to be honest. Obviously it depends where you are in the race but I think from a physical point of view this is the most challenging, not because there are so many high speed corners but it's a long lap, there are a lot of corners, no room for mistakes, very bumpy, it's very humid, artificial lights – all this makes it a very tough combination. It's then even sweeter to be successful here.

Fernando Alonso:
I think it's long, obviously the only race where we have two hours, every single year. We're running 1m 55s and it's 61 laps so it's very easy to do the calculation that it will be two hours all the time. In Monaco, that is also a slower, street circuit, it's not 300, it's two hundred and something, it's more or less a reasonable time. So it's something that we may think for a year but they don't, they don't consider it's OK. It's five years that we race for two hours, last year was 59 laps, it was not 61 because we reached the two hours before the 61st lap and we need to check with the federation, but happy with any decision.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, whose call was it to try to stay out? Was it your call or was it from the team to try to stay out and to change the strategy?

Fernando Alonso:
It was the team. I asked how may laps to go and they told me 36 and they said we will pit and then we will decide. At that moment, we lost only two positions with Webber and Hamilton so if we pit we will have new tyres for the restart and then looking at the safety car it was quite long etc, they were telling me 'our aim is to go to the end' so from the restart, taking care of the tyres for 32 laps.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)
To all three of you: today we saw the Red Bull was good, the Lotus was good and there were two failures. Do you have an explanation as to why the failure often happens to the other car, not the leading driver?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I have no idea what happened to Romain.

He had a problem with the air system.

Sebastian Vettel:
The air system. And Mark?

Gearbox, that's what he told me.

Kimi Raikkonen:
It sometimes happens. I've had some issues. It can happen to anybody and then it's up to us, up to the team to try to make sure we don't have any issues but although they do everything to 100 percent you can have a failure, even the cheapest part of the car can fail or the most expensive part. It's just one of those things that happens, even though we do the best we can to make sure there are no failures.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I don't think there's a reason. We both had issues with the gearbox - if Mark had a gearbox issue - in Monza. When we came here, I think we understood it to some extent but not entirely. I had more issues on Friday with the gearbox than Mark had. Maybe he was in traffic the whole race. It's quite hot, temperatures were maybe a bit higher but on the other hand his gearbox suffered already a little bit more in Monza because I think a radiator had an issue. So maybe it's a consequence of that but I don't think there's a reason for that, between cars. We both get the same stuff from the same shelf.

Q: (Anthony Rowlinson – F1 Racing)
Fernando, do you feel confident that Ferrari will be able to close the performance gap to Red Bull next season?

Fernando Alonso:

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