Fernando Alonso says that reaching the final race in Brazil still in contention for the World Championship will be what he remembers from 2012, win or lose on Sunday.
Alonso qualified eighth in Interlagos, although he has gained a grid spot from Pastor Maldonado’s penalty.
When asked by this blog to describe the highlights of the season Alonso said: “I think the highest point was to be here, sitting here with a car that we were constantly eighth in the last races, and we’re still talking about the World Championship fight.
“This is something not normal, so I’m very proud of this, and about the achievements we had this year. If we had the normal position maybe we’d have the points of someone similar to our cars and you’d say bye-bye to the championship in Monza or in Singapore, and you’d have very relaxed races in the last part of the championship, as we had last year.
“But it’s something not normal. We found ourselves eighth on the grid and a lot of people think that tomorrow we have a chance to win the World Championship, because they trust so much in ourselves and our jobs on Sundays. So this is the thing that feels me more proud and I will remember this season like this, whatever happens tomorrow.”
Regarding the disappointments of the season, he added: “The low moments of the championship for sure are Spa and Suzuka, because without our fault we lost points… And maybe mathematically we were champion in Austin without the two Lotus [collisions], with 36 points more or something than we had. So that will be also remembered.”