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Alonso targeting podiums to keep title bid alive

The Spaniard has clear goals for the next two races if the team wants a chance at the title.
Friday, September 6, 2013

MONZA, September 5th, 2013 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Alonso is targeting finishing on the podium and ahead of title leader Sebastian Vettel at both the Italian and Singapore Grand Prix if the Maranello based team are to keep their bid for this years title alive.

“So, two podiums and finishing in front of Sebastian is, I think, the target for these next two grand prix.” Alonso said.

He then went on to say that unless the team could gain points over Vettel they would need to start turning more of their attention to developing next year’s car.

“If we cannot do so, if we keep losing points, obviously we need to start thinking about the 2014 project because we’ll be only six or seven races remaining with massive points [deficit] so important weeks coming for sure.”

Currently Alonso is 46 points behind Vettel, a gap he admits is ambitious to try and close up.

“we didn’t arrive to a situation to close the gap, we only close the gap in Silverstone when he retired. So, we need to change this situation. We will be happy finishing in front of him, I think, here in Monza and in Singapore.”

Despite the large points gap the Spaniard is still fighting for the championship and wants to put a stop to Vettel’s increasing points lead.

“Of course we want to fight for the championship like we did last year until the last race, and this year we see that slowly the gap in the championship is increasing every weekend, so we want to stop that.”

Over the summer break the double world champion was rumored to be interested in moving to Red Bull, during Thursday’s press conference he quashed those rumors and pledged to remain with Ferrari until he retired.

“It was only rumors, a lot of rumors. There were rumors about Red Bull, there were rumors in Italy about a sabbatical year, there were so many rumors. I still have three and a half more years with Ferrari which I intend to respect and hopefully to increase a little bit, and as I said, finish my career in the best team in the world which is Ferrari.”
 

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