Asked whether he felt that the upgrades Ferrari had brought to Yas Marina had had any effect, Alonso insisted that there had been some improvement in the F2012, albeit minor.
“I think they helped for sure because, when we tested it on Friday, they gave us some performance, but we are talking very few hundredths of advantage that, when you have a gap to close that is a couple of tenths, you are in the same position,” he acknowledged, “We need to keep working [but], in Maranello, they work very hard day and night to bring new parts. Here at the track, the mechanics work 24 hours and we are doing our maximum and we hope that it will be enough.”
Despite his optimism, however, the odds remain stacked against Ferrari and Alonso, particularly if Vettel has now suffered – and overcome - the reversal of fortune that the Spaniard was counting on. Asked whether he now needed to win the final two races and, more importantly, whether he could, Alonso's true feelings may just have been revealed.
“That will help, for sure, but I don't think [it's possible],” he conceded.