Fernando Alonso was unable to challenge the Red Bull's today in the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.

Although the Ferrari driver tried his utmost and eventually finished 'best of the rest' in third, he freely conceded that he couldn't do anything about Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who took a dominant 1-2.

Speaking at the finish though, the Spaniard added he is hopeful the Scuderia will be able strike back in Korea.

"All things considered this was a positive day for us. On a circuit that seemed purpose built to show off the strengths of the Red Bull Racing, we managed to get on the podium, losing just three points to the championship leader," Alonso reflected.

"We had a bit of luck because [Robert] Kubica's retirement meant a potentially very strong rival was out of the reckoning. I did not make an ideal start, partly because of a problem with the clutch, but then I soon made up a place over [Jenson] Button.

"In the first part, we ran a defensive race, trying to keep the McLarens at a distance, especially Jenson, who was on a very different strategy to ours. Then when we realised they were no longer a threat we tried to put the Red Bulls under a bit of pressure, but there was nothing to be done.

"Here they were perfect and when that happens they are really hard to beat. However, experience tells us that it is not always like this, or they would have already won the championship.

"So we must try and make the most of every opportunity. We are trying to improve the F10 with every passing race: here for example we had a new oil from Shell and other minor aerodynamic updates.

"We will have further new parts in the next few races: maybe not so big but put together they could give us a few tenths which is always useful.

"We come out of this weekend with our heads held high, knowing that we must try and beat Webber in the coming races to close down the gap to the top," Alonso summed-up.


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