Fernando Alonso believes it’s a “mini-championship” against Sebastian Vettel from here on
It appears Fernando Alonso is finally out of luck. Keeping himself on top of the Drivers Standings with only podium finishes is no longer the Spaniard’s gig. The Ferrari driver lost a huge lead on the Drivers Standings after Suzuka, which dealt a huge blow to Championship dream.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix to come within four points of the former champion on Sunday. With just five races remaining in the season, Fernando Alonso needs produce some good results in order to cement his place on top of the Drivers Standings.
Fernando Alonso was forced to quit from the Japanese Grand Prix following a crash on the first turn of Suzuka. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Fernando Alonso’s first crash this season. As a matter of fact, the Ferrari driver was driven out of another race just a couple of weeks ago.
The Ferrari driver’s Championship dream is in jeopardy. In his post race interview, Fernando Alonso admits it was a “shame” to crash on the first corner of race.
“Today, we were very unlucky: to finish a race like this, at the very first corner is really a shame,” Fernando Alonso said. “Contact from Raikkonen caused a puncture to the left rear tyre and my race ended there.”
Unfortunately, when you start in the middle of the pack, these things can happen, because apart from the performance of the car -and ours is usually better on Sunday - circumstance can count for a lot. That could be seen from Felipe’s race, who started tenth, but produced a perfect race, fighting with the fastest cars.”
Fernando Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa broke his two-year long podium-less curse at Suzuka. The Brazilian came second in his super-fast Ferrari.
The 2005 and 2006 World Champion, Fernando Alonso confessed he had lost the edge he had against his opponents on top of the Drivers Standings. The Spaniard also told reporters that a lot could happen in the remaining five races of the season.
“Clearly, this result has practically wiped out the advantage I had before, but if I’d been told at the start of the season that we would have been in this situation five races from the end, I’d have happily signed for it! Clearly, we must work a lot on the development of the car: I’m not worried, but we must react to the step forward that the other competitors have made,” Fernando Alonso said.
“Now we start a sort of mini-championship, run over five Grands Prix. The aim will be to score at least one point more than all the others. What happened to us today could happen to the others next time: the wheel turns and that is what races are all about.”