Fernando Alonso was 100 percent confident at the Indian Grand Prix late last month that he would win the title this year but two races later, that estimate was reduced significantly.
The Ferrari driver finished the United States Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the season, in third place but significantly, behind championship rival Sebastian Vettel. The gap between the two is 13 points, after the Red Bull driver added three more to it at the Circuit of The Americas.
“We did not have the pace to match Red Bull and McLaren, so to only lose three points to Vettel is in fact a nice present,” said Alonso who didn’t expect to be on the podium.
“It could have been much worse, but now we will arrive in Sao Paolo in Brazil in with a chance right to the last. Maybe on paper that chance is not so big, maybe 25 percent, but deep down, I feel it’s much more than that,” believed the Spaniard.
But with a car that has refused to be good enough to win on its own accord throughout the course of the year, Alonso is now banking on Red Bull’s reliability issues and a bit of rain to give him a fighting chance in the season-finale.
“Clearly, if it’s dry and we have a normal race, one can expect Red Bull to be in front of everyone and us on the third or fourth row, so the more unknown factors there are, the better it is for us,” he said.