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Alonso: Everyone at Ferrari wants this title

Fernando Alonso insists that no-one at Ferrari is giving up on the chance of landing the 2012 F1 world championship, even if Red Bull appears to have the performance edge.
Fernando Alonso remains confident that he can fight back against Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's late championship charge, saying that, at any point this season, he would have gladly accepted being told he'd trail the German by six points with four races to go.

Acknowledging that his Ferrari has seldom been the best car in the field, as Red Bull and McLaren swapped supremacy, the Spaniard's better consistency saw him lead the standings until the Korean Grand Prix two weeks ago, when Vettel's fourth win of the season – and third in a row after Singapore and Japan – finally overhauled what had once been a 40-point chasm. Despite now facing what many expect to be a tough battle to reclaim the advantage, Alonso is far from pessimistic.

“My situation is quite good,” he insisted, “You could say it's the second best situation as we are almost on the same points total as Vettel with four races to go and there is every possibility open for the championship.

“If we had been offered this situation back in February, we would have signed for it! And again in July, August or even September, we would have signed. We plan to fight for the championship all the way to the end.”

The pace of development, particularly at Red Bull, appears to have left Ferrari floundering, with Alonso himself having been quoted as trying to hasten improvements for the F2012, but the Spaniard maintains that all is not lost.

“It's true that, in the last few races, Red Bull has been very strong and quick, but we have seen all year that there have been ups and downs for everybody, so we need to improve our situation and our level of competitiveness and try to catch them,” he explained, “I think it will be a battle of packages: everyone will have his own strong points and weak points.

“At the moment, we have seen that Red Bull maybe has the fastest car, especially on Saturday. They will try and make the most of this strong point and we will try to use our strong points. It is a matter of pushing everything to the limits now; the car development, the strategy and the approach to the weekends, but that is no different in fact to what we have been doing all year. We were leading the championship up until Korea thanks to our consistency and through avoiding making mistakes. We have produced 16 perfect races and now we must produce another four. If we do that, we will be very close to winning the championship.

“My motivation is better than ever – and it's not just me, as the whole team is very motivated. We have struggled all year with our car, especially in the first part of the season but, now, with four races to go, we are going on full attack for the last month. Everyone in the team wants this championship.”



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14.10.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
14.10.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
14.10.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
14.10.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 3rd position
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07.10.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 retires from the race
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27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

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