Championship challenge still on track says Alonso 11 April, 2013 Fernando Alonso retired early in Malaysia Fernando Alonso is adamant that his 2013 Formula 1 title challenge is still on track, despite a difficult start to the new season. After a podium in Australia, the Spaniard’s campaign hit the gravel in Malaysia recently when he made contact with eventual winner Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on the first lap. Instead of pitting, Alonso gambled on staying out but retired when the damaged wing broke underneath his car. “In any case, the race simulations state that if I would have stopped to change the nose, I would have finished ninth or tenth, so we didn’t lose anything,” he said during a Twitter interview hosted by Ferrari. Some think the early setback – he is already just sixth in the points standings – is a major dent in the 2012 runner-up’s new championship campaign, but the 31-year-old insists: “It’s looking good. “My options, of course, are still intact.” Alonso said retirements are simply a part of every world championship campaign — even an ultimately successful one. “The stats show that there are between two and three retirements per season, therefore it would be logical for us to not finish on another Sunday,” he said. “The season is very long, we’ve only completed two grands prix!” added Alonso. (GMM) Tweet Related NewsGutierrez’s Mexican sponsors follow him to FerrariFry and Tombazis axed as Ferrari revolution continuesGutierrez: An honour to become part of the Ferrari familyTodt: Ferrari is like someone who is tired and needs a doctorArrivabene: Ferrari on the attack until we are back where we should beFry set to follow Tombazis out the Ferrari doorFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeEx-Mercedes tech chief Bell set for Ferrari moveVettel and Raikkonen among richest Swiss residentsHaas: Whoever I spoke to at Ferrari got fired! Forza Ferrari Of course the title challenge is very much alive for Fernando! The season has barely begun and there are 17 races still to go, so nothing is over! That retirement in Malaysia was just a small set back, everything can’t go perfectly during the season anyway. Hopefully China will be the place where Fernando’s and Ferrari’s title challenge really starts. Forza Ferrari!!!