Fernando Alonso says he has 'nothing to lose' as he prepares for Brazil GP showdown
Ferrari driver implies title pressure is all on Vettel's shoulders
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 22/11/12 5:47pm
While looking as stern as ever as he faced the press corps on Thursday, the Spaniard insisted that he was feeling relaxed about the steep challenge which awaits him in Brazil as he strives to overcome a thirteen-point deficit to Sebastian Vettel in the season finale.
In what is likely to be interpreted as an attempt to ramp up the pressure on hot favourite Vettel, Alonso is adamant that he isn't feeling under strain as F1 awaits Sunday's conclusion.
"In F1 there is always pressure, but definitely there is less pressure here than on some previous occasions and maybe less pressure than if we were leading the championship," declared the Spaniard, who has twice before been involved in final-race showdowns at Interlagos.
"We have nothing to lose. We are in second position after two qualifyings dominated by Red Bull so to recover thirteen points looks like a very difficult achievements and in normal conditions we will finish second [in the championship].
"But because it is not in our hands, the pressure is much less. We have very little to lose and a lot to gain so we will try to do it."
Yet the prospect of Alonso snatching the title out of Vettel's grasp remains remote. His unbalanced F2012 was over a second off the pace a week ago in Austin and, given that Saturday is expected to be dry, it seems unlikely that he will be able to challenge for pole position. As the Spaniard himself remarked: "There is no magic we can put in the car in five days."
F1's own version of the lottery - rain - is forecast for race day, but it may be telling that Alonso is already embracing the consolation that, even if this year ends in frustration and title failure, he's confident he will be able to compete for his third championship in the future.
"I am 31 and I still believe I will have some more possibilities at Ferrari in the next four or five years. In my three years at Ferrari, I have arrived already at the final race with a chance to win the title - at Abu Dhabi [in 2010] and here at Brazil. Even with many difficulties in terms of performance - because we have not been dominant, and I have no doubt that the next four or five will see more fights and titles, but let's for now focus on this one."