Fernando Alonso has admitted that he cannot afford to take his eye off that ball over the final three races of the season if he is to complete his world title hat-trick, but insists that his focus is entirely on the track.

With all the media speculation surrounding the espionage row, Alonso's relationship with McLaren and team-mate Lewis Hamilton and whether or not the Spaniard is set to leave Woking nest season, there is much to distract him, but Alonso refuses to be swayed.

"I cannot answer every week, every day, unfounded rumours," he told the official Formula One website f1.com, "I am completely focusing on the last three races and that is the only truth."

Alonso goes into the Japanese Grand Prix two points adrift of Hamilton, but having beaten the Briton in each of the past three races. Despite insisting that he would rather be fighting from the from, he compares the battle ahead to his previous title campaigns against Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher

"All of them are similar in a way," he said, "When you fight for a world championship everything is difficult and hard, and there is no moment to relax.

"In 2005, it was probably more comfortable when I was 20 points ahead of Kimi and McLaren was having mechanical problems. Last year and this year, it is obviously very tight. Last year, I arrived in Japan on equal points with Michael and, this year, we have three races to go and I am two points behind so, for sure, it is similar in a way to last year.

"I prefer to be in front. If something happens, you are on the safe side. If you are behind and something happens, then you can lose your opportunity. But this championship is as it is and I hope that I can do better in the races to come and end up in front."

 

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