Aware Alonso Eager To Keep Ahead Of McLaren In Constructor’s Fight

Fernando Alonso has stated the need to keep battling as he and his Ferrari team look to stay ahead of their rivals McLaren  in the fight for fourth in the Constructor’s Championship.

The Scuderia have been largely scrapping over third with Williams this season, a tussle which has not been helped by the under-performance of Alonso’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has scored 47 points to Alonso’s total of 149.

“We were struggling all weekend but we were also [struggling] a little bit in Russia and Japan as well,” said Alonso after the US race.

“We just need to keep scoring points because the constructors’ championship [battle] is still there.

“We have some fights – we thought maybe we’ve lost too much ground to Williams and would be in the middle of nowhere.

“But now McLaren seem to have picked up their pace a little bit so we cannot afford to not score points. We are still in a fight.”

Ferrari's focus has switched to staying ahead of McLaren

Ferrari’s focus has switched to staying ahead of McLaren

Ferrari had been remaining close to Williams up until the Singapore Grand Prix in September. In the races since, a number of poor races and reliability issues have seen the Italians fall away from their English rivals, leaving McLaren as the target in the battle to keep fourth from being stolen by the Woking team.

With a gap of 49 points between McLaren and Ferrari and two races of the season remaining, including the double points finale in Abu Dhabi, Alonso’s words are a clear signal to keep fighting until the last second.

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