Fernando Alonso not going into title decider wanting revenge for 2010 agony
Spaniard says past title showdown not in his thoughts
Last Updated: 21/11/12 3:53pm
Fernando Alonso insists revenge isn't on his mind as he goes into his second title-decider against Sebastian Vettel in three seasons at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.
Both 2012 title contenders were protagonists the last time the Drivers' title went down to the wire, in Abu Dhabi two years ago, with Alonso then ahead of Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Vettel heading into the showdown.
Although Alonso was the clear favourite to claim the crown on that occasion, holding eight and 15 point leads over Webber and Vettel respectively, a bungled Ferrari strategy meant he only finished seventh while the latter won the race to clinch his first title.
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Roles are reversed on this occasion with Alonso the clear underdog, but speaking during an appearance at the New York Stock Exchange prior to flying to Interlagos, the Spaniard said he was only thinking positive thoughts about any success.
"Would a win be revenge for 2010 in Abu Dhabi?" he asked.
"No, I think it would just be happiness for us, as for 99% of the people, although maybe not for those at Red Bull... Ferrari is something special, with everyone giving 100% and even more, because they feel part of this family."
Given Vettel needs only a fourth place to be sure of his third consecutive championship, the situation is largely out of Ferrari and Alonso's hands.
Indeed, the two-times Champion says all his team can do is ensure they don't make a single error throughout the course of the weekend given, if Vettel retires, third place would be enough for him.
"There are 71 laps to go that will decide the final outcome: the efforts of several months will all come down to a very short space of time," added Alonso.
"Then what will happen will happen and the important thing is that we do everything perfectly: then only luck can be out of our hands.
"We know that a place on the podium alone could be enough. I have confidence in myself and in the team and we will fight right to the end."
Alonso confirmed his F2012 would feature a few further updates but conceded those are unlikely to have a major impact on the pecking order.
"We are honest with ourselves and our fans: we know we are not super competitive, but if we are still in the running, it's down to the team which is the best of the lot," the Spaniard said.
"We will have a few small updates, but the others will have done the same, so the situation won't change much. Maybe finding a good set-up can make the difference or the way the car suits the circuit."