By Shrikant Shankar at BIC
Fernando Alonso climbed three places from fifth on the grid to finish second at the Buddh International Circuit on October 28. But it was Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull who won his second consecutive Indian Grand Prix.
Vettel, who is the defending two-time world champion, has now won four races in-a-row. By doing so the German driver extended his lead over Alonso to 13 points with only three races to go. But the Ferrari ace is not accepting the fact that his chances to win a third driver’s title has diminished.
On being asked whether he thinks he can still win the title, he said: “Of course we can win the title! We are only 13 points behind and we have 75 points up for grabs with three races to go.”
The Spaniard passed both the McLarens quite early in the race as he made his way up the field. He then managed to get ahead of Mark Webber of Red Bull into second position in lap 48 and stayed there till the end. The Australian was facing problems with KERS.
Alonso said it was a good race for him as qualifying did not work out how he wanted. “It is definitely a good race. Qualifying was not that very good for us, but we always knew we were better on the Sunday (race).”
“I am proud of my wins in Malaysia and Valencia, and although I did not win in India, this was one of the best races I have driven this season. I pushed right from the start of the race to the finish.”
Alonso feels that anything can happen in the next few races. “You saw what happened to Mark with his KERS today (Sunday). It can happen to anyone in the next few races. There are so many things which can go either way,” he added.
“We just have to be more competitive in the next race in Abu Dhabi. We have to get new parts and if we can win the race then anything can happen. I also feel that in the last race in Brazil we will have our best chance to win. So, I am optimistic of our chances” he concluded.