Fernando Alonso has acknowledged that the 2011 World Championship battle is over, despite the Ferrari driver still being mathematically in the hunt.
Alonso is now 112 points behind Sebastian Vettel, who needs a 125 point margin over his rivals to secure the title in Singapore with five races to run. Alonso says the job is now to hang on to his second place and go for race wins.
“Yeah, six races to go so obviously the championship is impossible,” said the Spaniard. “Not mathematically but we are no longer in contention, so we try to enjoy every race, we try to go for individual victories, also fighting for second place in the championship. It’s always better to finish second than fifth. I think I’m second today after Mark’s retirement, so I will try to get second place as I did last year.
“Of the races remaining I think Singapore is probably the best one for our car characteristics. In Monaco we were fine, we were second. The car was maybe not very competitive in that part of the year so now that the car is a little bit better, on a street circuit we should maybe perform well. I love the Singapore circuit so the next race will probably be it.”
Once again Ferrari struggled in the final stint on the prime tyre, as Alonso lost a place to Jenson Button and was nearly caught by Lewis Hamilton. However, he played down the issue.
“I think we cannot make a big thing about the medium tyre or our performance with different types of tyres. It’s just something that we need to improve and we need to be competitive with all types of tyres in all conditions. That’s not a particular problem but we were less competitive than Red Bull and McLaren.
“If we made a good start and found ourselves first, leading the race, that was not our real position, so sooner or later, with one tyre, with another tyre, on lap 15 or lap 45, they should overtake us, as they did and that’s the reality. It’s not a problem with one tyre or one pit stop or whatever.”