Fernando Alonso is not one to give up a fight easily, and is drawing on one of the more modern comeback stories to inspire his ongoing pursuit of Sebastian Vettel at the top of the 2013 F1 standings.
Although he is now 60 points behind the German with six race remaining, and admits to needing more than a little luck to deny his rival a fourth consecutive title, Alonso insists that he has not given up hope, pointing to last weeks events in San Francisco Bay as proof that hope remains to the very end.
“The president and I think anything can happen,” he claimed, “It's like the Americas Cup, where we saw the American team was 1-8 down and they won 9-8. We know it would be difficult but, if you have two lucky races, things can change very quickly. But we need a lot of luck; we know that.”
Although wet races are renowned for throwing up surprise results, Alonso insists that the typhoon warning for Mokpo this weekend isn't necessarily what he wants.
“You never know who will be the lucky one in that situation,” he pointed out, “It's hard to predict but, even in the wet, Red Bull should be maximum favourites because of the high downforce levels their cars have.”
With one eye on next season, and the big changes that brings, Ferrari isn't taking a raft of upgrades to Korea and Japan, but, again, Alonso refuses to be negative.
“Fifteen days ago, we were fourth fastest behind Red Bull, Lotus and Mercedes, and there are very few new things on the car this weekend,” he confirmed, “However, if we have a good Saturday, then usually, in the race, we can recover a bit, with a good start and strategy, so we will be hoping to maximise our points haul.
“We have to be realistic that we don't have the pace to beat them in normal conditions and, if we do get any luck, you can be sure we will take it! We will not give up the fight until it's mathematically impossible to take the title.”