Alonso continues to gain from misfortune of rivals

© Ubaid Parkar, 23 September 2012
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Fernando Alonso left the Singapore Grand Prix with his lead in the championship reduced and the Ferrari driver pointing out that he cannot rely purely on the misfortune of his rivals.

Starting from fifth on the grid, the Spaniard eventually finished on the podium that he had aimed for gaining two places at the end of the race, pleased particularly with the retirement of Lewis Hamilton.

“Well, in Monza Lewis won the race and Sebastian (Vettel) retired,” Alonso said. “Here it’s Sebastian winning, Lewis retiring, so for me it’s OK is they keep doing it like this.

“Of the four or five contenders, we lost points with one, with the other three we increased our advantage, so obviously, when we are not quick enough to win more points against three of our opponents, I think it’s positive,” he added.

However, the season was not the way the double world champion had envisaged.

“In the end it went well, but we definitely can’t go on like this. It can’t always be the case that my closest rival retires, as has happened in the last two races and we can’t think of carrying on to the end of the season with qualifying sessions like Saturday’s, when our performance was almost a second off the best,” he explained.

Both Red Bull and McLaren have been plagued with reliability issues this season while Ferrari has “been a little bit of an all-rounder.”

Teammate Felipe Massa meanwhile put on a strong show to finish eighth, making up five places from the starting grid.

The Brazilian’s race however was compromised in the early stages after a puncture forced an unscheduled pit stop but after several battles, which included a brave move to pass the Williams of Bruno Senna, he clawed back.

“I think the rules are very clear and one just has to respect them: I was already alongside him and he had to leave me room, but instead he squeezed me into the wall,” Massa said referring to his pass on Senna which nearly saw the two collide.

 

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