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.”