Alonso: Our goal in Singapore is to win
16 September, 2011
Sep.16 (PVM) Mathematically the 2011 F1 world championship is still in reach for Fernando Alonso, but even the never-say-die Ferrari driver acknowledges that stopping Sebastian Vettel’s march to his second title is almost impossible, nevertheless the Spaniard is determined to make the his German rival work hard for the accolade.
Speaking ahead of next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Alonso said: “I think that at this time of the year, with the advantage that Vettel has, winning the title is not mathematically impossible, but extremely difficult. We will fight to be runner-up, which is better than fifth place… our goal in Singapore is to win the race.”
The double world champion won at the Marina Bay Circuit last year and has won two of the three grand prix races held at the floodlit venue.
“Singapore is a very special circuit. It’s a street track, with all the features that we normally like. We were quick at Monaco this year and I think that in Singapore we will be competitive too,” said Alonso.
“This year we have not met our expectations. We were not fast enough for most of the year and we had many difficulties with the car. Even with these problems, we are second [in the drivers' championship]. Our expectations are always high. We are Ferrari, so we know we must keep fighting. Next year we’ll fight for the world title,” said the 30 year old, who trails Vettel by 112 points and lies second in the championship title race with six races to go.