Alonso: We need luck every weekend now
24 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso believes he will need luck in all six remaining races now if he is to overhaul Sebastian Vettel and win the 2013 F1 Drivers’ title.
Alonso said his second place was ‘like a victory’ in Singapore last weekend, but with Vettel again winning, the Spaniard conceded another seven points, and now lies 60 points back, making him very much the underdog.
“Obviously we have to be realistic - the gap is still increasing every weekend and now it is sixty points,” the Ferrari number one said after the 13th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship. “So we need to be honest with ourselves. We don’t need luck in Korea; we need luck in Korea, in Japan, in India, in Abu Dhabi… we need luck every weekend if we are one second off the pace. We need a lot of luck.
“On the other hand, we are a very uncomfortable opponent, I think, because if we get that luck, we will be there.”
So could he still do it? “It’s very difficult,” Alonso continued. “Nothing changed too much over the last two or three Grands Prix. We have a points’ deficit which is a big gap and we have a performance deficit which is a big gap.
“We saw today, again: [Mark] Webber stopped on the last lap. If this happened to Sebastian one weekend, we have to be there, in second place. If we cannot win the race, we need to be right behind and try to take any opportunity but being realistic, we know that we need to be very, very lucky.”
Asked if there is a sense of inevitability he will now have to wait another year to try and win his third world title, Alonso replied: “Well, as I said, there’s nothing we can do. Obviously we try our maximum, we’re trying to improve the car for every race and we are doing it but obviously not enough compared to our opponents. They are doing a better job than us, they are fantastic every weekend. They are winning and they deserve those wins.”
“This is a sport, someone always has to win and the best one wins and we are not the best ones at the moment but we will keep working,” he concluded.