Alonso: We have nothing really to lose

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa in front of the Ferrari pit garage at Interlagos

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa in front of the Ferrari pit garage at Interlagos

Nov .23 (Reuters) Having previously sealed two Formula One championships in Brazil, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso says that he “feels less pressure and has nothing to lose” as he chases another big prize  in Sunday’s title-decider at Interlagos, in Sao Paulo.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 22 November 2012.The Spaniard is 13 points behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and must finish on the podium to have even a chance of becoming a triple champion.

In 2010 he led Vettel by 15 points going into the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi but lost out after his team botched the strategy. In 2005 and 2006, when he took his titles with Renault, he had gone into the Interlagos finale in the lead of the drivers’ championship

“In F1 there’s always pressure but definitely we have less than on some other occasions and maybe less than probably if we were leading the championship,” the Ferrari driver told reporters on Thursday.

“We have nothing really to lose. We are arriving in second position, we are arriving after two qualifyings dominated by Red Bull – well, five or six – and then we were around positions seventh, eighth [on the grid] in the last couple of grands prix.

“It looks like a very difficult achievement and…if everything goes normally, we should finish second…it’s probably not in our hands, the pressure is much less.”

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012.Qualifying has been Ferrari’s weak point in an unpredictable season but Alonso has been able to stay in the hunt thanks to his car’s reliability and race pace.

The 31-year-old has been on the podium 12 times in 19 races this season, including three wins, despite having a car that looked uncompetitive back in March.

Vettel, who is chasing his third championship in a row, has won four times in the last six races (five wins in total) and been on the podium 10 times.

Sunday’s race follows immediately on from last weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin and Alonso said there was no ‘magic part’ to put on the car.

The Spaniard was philosophical about Sunday, which looks likely to be a wet race and therefore unpredictable, and said that he would have more chances in the future if Vettel lived up to expectations this time.

“I’m at Ferrari for the next four or five years, minimum,” he said. “So I think that will always give you the possibility to fight for world championships.

“So I have no doubt that in the next four or five years there will be more fights and more championships. But let’s concentrate on this one.

“If we win, we will be very happy but we know we need a strange combination of results,” said Alonso. “If we don’t win, we will congratulate him and we will try next year. Nothing really surprising.”

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  • John

    Let the best man win!

    Sorry Alonso.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    @John

    Alonso is the best man..

  • alonso_is_slow

    OH yes he can loose something. Once Vettel has the title, he will be superior to Alonso not only de facto but also on paper. having more titles than him. That hurts Alonso and he will scream and produce the usual I am the best bullshit to easy up this feeling.

    The blame will be on Petrov, Newey, whoever, he will never admit that he was beaten by the better driver. The driver whose teammate never managed higher in the championship tan 3rd, despite having the ‘best’ car.

  • Emaaduddin

    I agree with Matthias O’Keeffe.. Alonso is the BEST!!

  • Butterfly

    Alonso has nothing to lose because the title is currently held by Vettel, so he’s right in saying that.

    Haters gathering up here. Man, Alonso really is the greatest of all time (GoAT) in F1, he just needs that good car to come along.

    If Ferrari fail to win the title, I hope changes will be made like they did in 2010 after Abu Dhabi. I hope Nicholas Tombazis and Stefano Domenicali are replaced by people who know what to do, because these two have no f-ing clue.

    @alonso_is_slow:

    Alonso is that good, isn’t he? That’s all you talk about, mate. Keep up the good work.

  • Hawk

    karma is a bitch..
    I am for Alonso winning the title, but only just; bse I want McLaren to get that extra 10m.

  • Seb’s car shall fail

    Seb is making the sport boring to watch….. Alonso will win this one….. just hope seb’s alternator fails….

  • Butterfly

    @Seb’s car shall fail:

    Let’s hope so. That pig-face German is getting so arrogant..

    So, it’s for his own sake, really. :-)

  • fools

    Alonso for the 2012 WDC. Lets go Ferrari!

  • Alonso_is_slow

    @bitterfly

    The greatest of all time …. beaten by several of its teammates.

    LOL you are an idiot.

  • Butterfly

    @alonso_is_slow:

    Well, he sure gets you going every day, doesn’t he. You barely talk about Vettel, yet jump on the chance to talk about Alonso.

    Let’s face it, he is the greatest ever.

    PS: Your mother is the idiot, btw. Your daddy, too.

  • f1 fan

    @ Butterfly please dont use those words again !! I request you ! Even though i agree1 that Alonso is a very very good and talented driver , but i feel that he is not the best ever, seriously, !! what about Ayrton, Nelson, James hunt , Jim Clark, Fangio, you think they used to win with the help of their team mates (crashing, slowing down etc) i really am a big fan of Hamilton who does not anyone’s help to win as he cleary showed his talents in Austin !! But at this stage I really hope Alonso wins !!

  • Butterfly

    @f1 fan:

    I am not saying this to annoy anybody. I rate modern drivers above the greats of the past simply because of their extreme training. I know what a wonderful person Senna was but there’s no way in hell he could have hold his own against, say, Raikkonen.

    We’re now dealing with a generation of super-drivers which gave the great Schumacher a very hard time. And this is the same guy that was close to Senna in performance, even though as a person he’s garbage.

    Drivers like Alonso, Hamilton, and Raikkonen are the best ever. That means the best in the last 60 years of Formula 1(TM)!

    On driving alone, there’s nothing separating those three, but when it comes to mind management, I think you’ll agree Alonso has the edge.

    But on driving, they’re equal.

  • f1 fan

    Im really not sure how many of them will agree on that !!