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Alonso: Podiums should be enough

Fernando Alonso insists the podium finishes remain his aim to try and take the F1 title
Fernando Alonso says he still believes that podiums will be enough to give him the 2010 F1 title despite losing ground to Mark Webber in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver had said that he felt podium finishes in each of the final five races of the year would be required if he was to take a third title, with victory in Singapore being the idea way to start that five-race run.

Although Alonso secured another podium in Japan, the fact he was third behind Red Bull pair Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber meant the Spaniard is now 14 points behind Webber in the title race, although he insists that his view that podiums will be enough remained the same – especially given that Ferrari believed Suzuka was always going to be the most difficult of the remaining races on the schedule.

“I still think that podiums will be enough,” he said. “We knew that before coming here, third place was maybe our maximum position here. But we are convinced that this was the worst track for us for the remaining circuits of the championship, so it was a good weekend overall.

“The leader of the championship got 18 points, so we only lost three points on a circuit that was not the best for us. Performance-wise, not at our best level. We saw we were struggling today: in Q1 we were P7, we saw problems also for Felipe in Q2, so it was maybe not an ideal weekend in terms of pace and we lost three points in the championship, but overall we have to be extremely happy.”


Tagged as: Ferrari , Fernando Alonso , Suzuka , Japan

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matto3227

October 11, 2010 4:56 PM

I think its pretty clear that IF the current level of reliability continues (between the Red Bull & Ferrari), and provided there are no incidents between ANY of the top runners. Lets face it, the Mclarens are basically out of the running, so anyone apart from Webber who is hoping to win the title is going to need to win AT LEAST 2 of the final 3 races. I cant see the last 3 races going without some kind of incident, esecpially in Brazil where you are always guarenteed a epic race. The championship momentium is with Vettel & Alosno. But Webber does have the advantage of not only having the points lead, but knowing the fact that he won at BOTH Interlagos & Yas marina last year... This is gonna get interesting!

richard

October 11, 2010 4:23 PM

maths must not be alonsos strongest subject. he would need to be first in each of the three races, if webber came 2nd, otherwise alonso would have to rely on being on the podium with vettel or webber failing to score. but miracles can happen, and sometimes do.



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