'We have nothing to lose' - Alonso claims
22 November 2012 – Fernando Alonso says he has 'nothing to lose' ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, with the Ferrari driver approaching the event 13 points behind Red Bull rival and current leader Sebastian Vettel. With 25 points on offer, the Spaniard must finish on the podium to stand any chance of claiming the title.
"We need to try to be on the podium and wait for the result of Red Bull because it is not in our hands," Alonso explained. "We have nothing to lose. We can only win, and we will try to do our best.
"In F1 there is always pressure. Definitely we have less than some occasions and less than if we were leading the championship. We arrive in second position after five or six qualifying sessions dominated by Red Bull when we were around seventh or eighth, so recovering 13 points looks like a very difficult achievement.
"If everything is normal we will maybe seventh (on the grid) and if something happens we can win the championship. As it is not in our hands the pressure is much less."
Alonso can secure the Drivers' crown in a number of ways in São Paulo, whereas Vettel can automatically secure a third world title by finishing on the podium.