We need to be lucky, admits Alonso
8 September 2013 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has conceded that he "needs to be lucky" if he is to prevent Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel claiming a fourth world title this season.
The Spaniard could do nothing to halt Vettel's charge during the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, and had to settle for the runner-up spot. He falls another seven points adrift in the championship standings, and is now trailing by a margin of 53.
"I think we need to be realistic," explained Alonso. "It's still a very big gap and we don't have enough races, and probably not the speed right now, to win some consecutive races. We need to be lucky and we need to have some retirements from Seb to win the championship. With the races left and the points disadvantage it is hard."
Alonso added that despite the increased deficit, he will not give up: "It was the same last year; it was difficult for him to catch up. It was up to us and we didn't complete the job, we had one retirement at Suzuka and some other problems. There is still a long way to go. We will try until the last race to be as good as we can and score as many points as possible. In Brazil we will see how many points we have in comparison."
Alonso added that he was pleased to extend his run of Monza podium finishes in Ferrari cars to four races, having extracted "the maximum" from his machinery.
"This weekend we got the maximum from the car, so I'm very happy," explained the two-time World Champion. "Today, being on the podium again is a fantastic feeling."
Felipe Massa finished fourth in the sister Ferrari, admitting the race was "important in many ways" for his future, with the team set to decide its 2014 line-up early next week.