Fernando Alonso is refusing to give up in his bid to take his third world title, even though he now faces a mountain to climb following his retirement in Japan on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, the Spaniard added that while there is a lot of 'distractions' at the moment - no doubt referring to speculation on what he will do in 2008, his focus remains firmly on Shanghai and the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix on October 21.

"My retirement in Japan has not made it easy for me in the Championship, but there are still 20 points to be won and I am going to fight hard for each one of them," he pledged reiterating his comments post-race in Fuji.

"There is always a lot of talk of pressure and distractions at this time of the year, all I think about is racing and winning at Shanghai and Interlagos.

"We are all focused on this aim and giving the maximum over the next few weeks," he added.

Asked about this weekend's race more specifically, Fernando noted that it is a good track and even though it is new it still has plenty of character.

"I like to race at the Shanghai circuit," he continued. "The track is very wide and has been designed to allow overtaking.

"Slipstreaming along the main back straight and then passing into the first corner is one of the main chances.

"You have to make sure you have as much momentum as possible when you exit turn 13, so mechanical grip is as important as making sure we have a competitive top speed.

"I have mixed memories from China though. Last year was a frustrating race, whereas in 2005 I won. I hope to repeat this result this weekend," he summed-up.

 

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