Fernando Alonso has said it is too early to think about the title, even though his win in Germany last weekend has given him a 34 point lead ahead of this Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Alonso is now the bookies favourite for the title - as well as joint favourite with Sebastian Vettel to win in Budapest [see separate story - HERE
], but despite the ever improving pace of the F2012, the Spaniard isn't getting carried away and with ten races to go, and a maximum 250 points up for grabs, he knows things are anything but done and dusted.
“It's a good position to be in at the end of the first half of the season, but there are still ten races to go and the gaps between the top five or six teams are very close. So one of them only needs to have two good races for the situation to change," he explained.
“We need to maximise what we have at every race; maybe sometimes that means a podium, or sometimes a fifth or seventh place. We can't afford to make mistakes and it's much too early to think of the championship, with Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes all in contention.”
Alonso's win in Hockenheim last weekend was the 30th win of his F1 career and with his maiden victory having come back in Hungary in 2003, he conceded he never imagined he would go on to achieve so much.
“When I won my first Grand Prix, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of satisfaction and pride. It is amazing to think that I have kept on winning, with different teams and under different rules, with V10s and V8s, with Bridgestone and Pirelli, with refuelling and no refuelling. I never thought when I won here in 2003 that I would also win two titles and now drive for Ferrari,” he added.
As for what it will mean if he does win his third title this year, unsurprisingly he felt it would be very special.
“Winning a third championship would be very important. It would mean I have the same as Ayrton [Senna] who was my idol and my reference point when I was in karts and also it would make me the same as other names such as [Niki] Lauda. I hope it comes sooner rather than later!” he concluded.