McLaren: Alonso is under real pressure
9 October 2012 – McLaren can see Fernando Alonso losing the world title in 2012, with his advantage having now been dwindled from what was once 40 points to just four. At the same time, McLaren’s leading driver is 42 points off the leader with five races remaining.
“Fernando is under some real pressure; more pressure, frankly, from Sebastian (Vettel) than us,” McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “Nonetheless, we have closed the gap and we have five races to go.”
At Suzuka on Sunday, McLaren finished fourth and fifth, with Jenson Button having missed the podium finish by half a second as Hamilton regretted late setup changes.
“It was not the most sterling performance from us,” Whitmarsh admitted. “In those situations you've got to go back and look at what you're doing on the car and get it as good as you can in Korea. Both guys are capable of winning races and we have five races left to have a go at.”
F1 now heads to South Korea, which marks the second half for the first of three pairs of back-to-back Grands Prix which make up the final segment of the 2012 season.