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Seeking his third title, Fernando Alonso’s goal is to try to have a "normal weekend" at the Brazilian Grand Prix and not worry about championship leader Sebastian Vettel too much.
The 31-year-old needs a podium finish to guarantee enough points to overcome the German if the Red Bull driver runs into trouble at the tricky Interlagos track.
"Obviously it will be good to be in the podium and score a minimum 15 points and then when we cross the line we see where Sebastian is and we try to do some numbers after that," the Spaniard said. "The first priority for us is to be in the podium ... then we need to wait for the results from Red Bull."
Alonso said that coming into the weekend behind in the points takes some of the pressure off the team.
"It is not in our hands, we have not much to lose," he said. "We have only the possibility to win something and we will try to do our best," he said.
"This is a sport and anything can happen until the chequered flag so we will try to do the best race we can," Alonso added. "If we win, we will be very happy but we know that we need some strange combination of results. If we don't win, we will congratulate him and we will try next year. Nothing really surprising."
Alonso won both of his championships at Interlagos in 2005 and 2006. He was in a good position to win his third at the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi in 2010, but relinquished the points lead and Vettel ended up winning the title.
Edited AP report