Alonso still confident over title chances
10 October 2012 – Despite recording a costly retirement at Suzuka last weekend, Fernando Alonso is optimistic that he has what it takes to seal a third world title this season. The Spaniard's healthy championship lead over Sebastian Vettel has been cut to just four points, but he is already fully focused on fighting back in Korea.
"It was very disappointing, but it’s history and there’s no point brooding over it anymore," said Alonso. "As I said before I left the track, now we start again from zero, given that only four points separate me and Vettel and even the others have got a little bit closer.
"The winner will be the one who scores one point more than the rest. In order to do that, one needs a quick car, not to make any mistakes and with the hope that any further mistakes from others do not cost you dear, as happened to us in Spa and Suzuka. But for these incidents, the situation would be very different."
Alonso is also confident that Ferrari's development plan can keep him in the fight until the end of the season, with a constant push to bring updates to the F2012.
"I am sure we can be in the fight right down to the wire," he added of his title hopes. "The people who are working on the car are the same who have done the job so far and there’s no reason to think they can’t do a good job again now.
"Let’s not forget that, if I am still leading the championship, it’s because we have been capable of improving the car significantly compared to the start of the season and also because we are capable of always getting the most out of what we have to work with.
"We have not been gifted anything, indeed Spa and Suzuka deprived us of places that were easily within our grasp. It’s not through some sort of divine miracle that we are in this position, it is down to the work of all us."