Favourite Status Not True Insists Alonso

He may be sitting on top of the championship with a lead of 40 points, but Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has repeated that he does not see himself as favourite for the championship title. During the early stages of the season, the Ferrari struggled to be competitive in dry conditions while excelling on a wet track. Alonso maintains that his team are still not the quickest car in dry weather and that a few lowly race finishes could drastically alter the complexion of the championship.

I think nothing has changed over the summer,” the Spaniard replied when asked whether he felt like the title favourite.

“When you stop for four or five weeks, and you see the point you need to talk about F1 for some days and you see the classification, it looks like a big advantage for us. But if there are two or three bad races it changes everything.

“And in terms of performance, out of the contenders or the guys at the front, we are clearly the slowest.

“We have the points advantage but we have a performance disadvantage so I don’t think we are the favourite.”

Alonso finished 5th in Hungary – 26 seconds behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton

Citing the last race in Hungary to illustrate his point, he writes off the following two races in Belgium and Italy and instead says that by the slower layout of Singapore, Ferrari need to have cut the gap in time to the front of the grid.

The difference from pole position in the last race was eight tenths of a second, which is a little bit too much,” he said.

“We need to improve that situation. We will see how much it is here and at Monza because they are two strange circuits in terms of characteristics of the car – you need low downforce compared to other circuits, so anything can happen in these next two grands prix and hopefully we can score some good points.

“Then the next point of reference is Singapore, at that point we must close this gap to pole position.”

Ferrari missed out on the 2010 driver’s world championship with Alonso at the final race and that has remained as their one title challenge with Alonso since he joined the Scuderia in 2010. They will do everything they can to ensure they get another shot in the closing rounds of 2012.

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