Alonso: Other races lost us the championship
25 November 2012 – Fernando Alonso was gracious in defeat as Sebastian Vettel won a third world title in Brazil on Sunday. The Spaniard, who has enjoyed a remarkable year and today finished second from seventh on the grid, claims that incidents at earlier events lost him the title.
“It wasn’t lost here,” he told reporters in the paddock, still managing a smile. “It was really lost when Grosjean flew over my head (in Belgium) or in Japan (taken out at the first corner following contact with Kimi Räikkönen).
"There’s been situations like that when you think of the championship, but that is just sport. Even though I’ve finished second, I have never had such respect and affection from everybody in the paddock here.
“All sorts of people have said I’ve had the best championship this year – current drivers, former driver, teams and fans – and we’ll be back just as strong in 2013…because it would be hard to be stronger than this year. This has been by far the best year in my career.”
Ultimately, Alonso – World Champion of 2005 and 2006 with Renault – finished just three points behind Vettel, who becomes a consecutive triple title winner.