Fernando Alonso is not ready to relax despite leaping into a strong points position with just two races left to run in 2010.
It is true that, now with an 11-point lead over Mark Webber, if the Spaniard wins in Brazil in two weeks and his Australian rival is fifth or lower, Alonso will secure his third drivers’ world championship with a race to spare.
But McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, whose drivers are also still mathematically in the hunt, said: “There is little doubt now the championship decider is going to be in Abu Dhabi.”
Alonso agrees that he cannot rely on another Korea-like outcome before then.
“Red Bull showed us again in Korea that they are stronger than us, and that will be the same in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as well,” the Ferrari driver told El Pais newspaper.
“So what we need is another small step forward to be competitive. We must be on the podium. If someone beats us now, congratulations — winning or losing will depend on who is faster, on reliability and on luck,” added the 29-year-old.
In comments published by Italy’s La Stampa, Alonso said he is not interested in the mathematical possibility of him becoming champion in Brazil.
“Yes, that’s true — and if Red Bull miss their plane to Brazil, that’s another way to be champion,” he joked.
“The odds remain in favour of Red Bull.”
Alonso said the only mathematical certainty is that he cannot lose the championship at Interlagos in two weeks.
“In Korea I have only guaranteed to be fighting in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season,” he confirmed.
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