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Korean Grand Prix: Alonso looks for Americas Cup inspiration

Fernando Alonso refuses to give up on his 2013 title ambitions, despite the odds seemingly being stacked against him.

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.”




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04.10.2013- Free Practice 1: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
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richard

October 04, 2013 2:17 PM
Last Edited 196 days ago

unfortunately I do not like ainslies tactics, from the time he won his first Olympic gold, not by actualy sailing the race, but by deliberately fouling his closest rival scheidt to prevent HIM starting the race. it was a poor show and to me, that is not what sailing is about.

mrfill

October 04, 2013 3:43 PM

richard, I am a mere novice of just 45 years sailing and have seen plenty of these tactics in use. I agree that their use in club events is out of order but then neither you or I are serial Olympic gold medallists and to get there (just like being an F1 champ) means you exploit every advantage you can to win. Plus, when the rewards are measured in millions rather than in a few tins of beer, the attitude of the competitors is often very unsporting to we mere mortals.



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