The Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said that he is extremely confident that the team can bring its positives to the forte in the last four races of the season. Fernando Alonso had a 37 point advantage over the Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, which has now been reduced. Now, the Spaniard is behind the German driver by six points with only four races remaining in the season. This has made Sebastian Vettel the favourite to lift the title, but Fernando Alonso reckons that the fight to the title is certainly not over yet because Ferrari are capable of improving the car even more.
Ferrari have made substantial investment in bringing new parts and upgrades to the car over the last few weeks, but it may not have had the necessary effect on the car. Alonso has acknowledged the fact that they lag behind the Red bull cars when it comes to the single performance. However, he is confident that Ferrari can now take Red bull in other areas of the field where they are more competitive. He has also said that the title race is still not done and dusted yet. Alonso has not been critical of the car at all this season.
“It will be a battle of packages. One will have its own strong points, and their weak points. At the moment we think we saw at the last race that Red Bull is faster, especially on Saturday. This is the point that they will surely try to use, and we will try to use our strong points. There’s four races to go and we have nearly the same points as Vettel, let’s say, and we have all the possibilities open for the Championship,” said the Ferrari driver ahead of the Indian Grand Prix during this weekend.
Fernando Alonso believes that he and his team did all they could to give him the best chance of a podium position in Brazil, despite eventually seeing Mark Webber overtake him in the Drivers’ World Championship to claim third place by a single point. He described his experience at the Interlagos Circuit as “yet another race in which we did everything to perfection, from the start to the strategy and the work of the team.” With the Red Bulls in fantastic shape and Jensen Button on form, Alonso is realistic in claiming that “the final result is more down to the performance of others than our own, because we could not have done more.”
The Ferrari driver also suffered technical problems with his DRS for large portions of the race, which meant Alonso’s good work from the grid was eventually nullified. “Once again today, we got a very good start, putting a nice passing move on Button, but then, on the medium tyres we no longer had the speed to fend him off. I also had a problem with the DRS which would not activate – I was not fighting closely with other drivers but it would certainly have helped me gain a few tenths while overtaking,” explained Fernando after the race. “This grand prix produced an accurate reflection of the season, where we have almost always done our maximum, fighting for a podium finish in a car that was not as good as the top two. In terms of teamwork we grew a lot in 2011 and must absolutely make this a starting point for a very different 2012”
Next season, Alonso will hope to continue his fantastic form, and if the Ferrari mechanics make the most of the changes in design regulations over the winter to give him a competitive car, Fernando has an excellent chance of challenging the McLarens and Red Bulls.