Fernando Alonso has vowed to keep his motivation up and fight for second in the F1 championship standings, despite seeing his title hopes come to end.
The Spaniard can no longer now beat Sebastian Vettel to the crown this year and is left to focus on beating Jenson Button to second place, with the pair split by just one point going into this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
Speaking ahead of the Suzuka race, Alonso said he was keen to try and ensure he ends the year in second for the second successive season, insisting it would still be a good result given the stunning consistency with which Vettel has all but clinched back-to-back titles.
“Even if it's true we are no longer even mathematically in the hunt for the drivers' title, there are still plenty of reasons to retain our motivation to tackle these last five races with the right attitude,” the Ferrari ace said. “First of all there's second place in the Drivers' table. Given how the season has gone so far, with Vettel totally dominant, failing to get on the podium only once, being runner-up would really be a great result for me and for the team.
“There are four of us in the running, as I am up against Webber and the two McLaren guys and I reckon we will have to wait until Interlagos to find out who it will go to.
“Clearly, if one looks at the way recent races have gone, it will definitely not be easy, as my closest rivals seem to have that little bit extra in terms of car performance, but that does not mean it's a lost cause. We know we have to do everything perfectly if we want to reach our goal and we will be trying right to the very end.”