Alonso says five drivers can still win title

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso isn’t ruling the McLaren drivers out of contention for the championship despite them falling more than 25 points behind Mark Webber in the Japanese Grand Prix.

He told the Ferrari website:

I still think that the fight for the title is open for five drivers. Too many times this year we?ve seen someone come back into the game after they?d seemed out of it ?ǣ and that could easily happen again.

Having said that, perhaps the only one who can afford a bad weekend is Webber: for all the others it would perhaps mean giving up any chance, especially the ones who are a bit behind today.
Fernando Alonso

He added he will be counting on team mate Felipe Massa to help him in the coming races:

The Korean Grand Prix could therefore start to be decisive for some ?ǣ and for me it will be important also to be able to count on my team-mate Felipe. I know that he will be really hoping to make up for two negative results and he has all the capacities required to return to the podium.

What?s more, it will be very useful to work together to discover all the secrets of the new track so we can prepare our cars in the best way. In a moment like this every detail matters to achieve our goals.
Fernando Alonso

He also gave his first impressions of the Korean International Circuit from driving it in the Ferrari simulator:

In Korea we will have to attack because now we must close the gap to Webber. To lose any more ground would make the situation more complicated.

We?ve been working on the new track for a few days on the simulator: the first two sectors are very quick with long straights while the last sector reminds me of the last part of the circuit at Abu Dhabi.

The tarmac is wide, which should make it possible to try overtaking moves. I?m always curious to discover a new circuit, both from a personal and professional point of view.

From next Wednesday onwards I will try to discover if the simulations have been accurate enough. Then we will have a few more kilometres of running available on Friday compared to usual so we can find the right feeling on the track.
Fernando Alonso

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95 comments on “Alonso says five drivers can still win title”

  1. Alonso says five drivers can still win title = Alonso knows math.

    1. Haha! I almost burst out laughing at that :D

    2. Lol Damon! I was thinking along the same lines. Although apparently Alonso sits down before the season and works out exactly where he wants to finish at least in the races and makes all sorts of predictions. I was quite impressed when I read that esp considering half the drivers don’t seem to know what’s going on with the points.

      1. Well, Alonso is one of the more intelligent drivers on the grid

        1. I know that he will be really hoping to make up for two negative results and he has all the capacities required to return to the podium.

          Maybe so, but this sounds almost a bit patronising and condescending to be honest. Fair enough, Alonso is the number 1 in the team and without doubt, at the moment the more competent of the two, but everyone knows Massa can be on the podium! He has been on the podium at several races actually. To me this just sounds like Alonso talking as though Massa is just his wing-man now.

          Watch this space, and don’t expect to see Massa win a race this year…

          1. Well, I’ll be interested to see Alonso in the cockpit with the calculator out if Massa is ahead of him and there is a car between the two of them. Depending on exactly who is where it may or may not be advantageous to have Massa drop behind him.

          2. Looks like he is telling him openly, that he needs him now. Interesting.

            The way he says it does sound a lot better than how Luca told Massa the same before Japan.
            Makes you wonder, weather Alonso actually went to talk to Massa and kindly ask him to, as well as promise to give him a fair shot next year?

          3. Massa is his WINGMAN now.

      2. Just think about what he had in mind at the start of 2007, before it started to unravel!

        I do admire his skill and the way he just dirigates the team to where he wants to go, even during the race (although i dislike his winning at all cost attedude as much as Schumi’s).

    3. Alonso is the schemingest driver since Schumacher. I’d bet that when he goes to bed at night his head is spinning with different scenarios regarding what he has to do to edge out Webber and/or Vettel for the title. And he’s not counting out the McLaren boys either. If anybody remembers 2007 it’s Alonso.

      For all Hamilton’s speed and electricity I think it’s safe to say that he’s not quite the thinking man’s driver.

    4. Yes , Alonso knows maths , like most people in the world do. But more importantly , he knows minds even better , and to put out a signal to both McLaren drivers to give it their all (which I think they will do anyway) , is a way of him speaking his wishes aloud. Nothing would please Alonso more in the next race , to not only win it , but have a Ferrari behind him followed by two McLarens…..the maths can follow even behind the Red Bulls

    5. and he doesnt shuts his mouth please alonso shut up i know that everyone wants to interview you but please change the subject

    6. @ what would you post if Alonso said the MacLarens are out?
      Thinking a bit further, Alonso wants the MCLens to be competitive and in the podium if that means stealing points to the RBs, obiously with him in front

      1. Doesn’t everyone want to be at the front lol?
        He’s not scheming, he’s only finding ways to win, which is something i really admire.
        what is an F1 driver without the need to win??
        and of course, he and Massa are a team, they would all be helping each other.
        It only makes sense to do so >.<

  2. Button needs a miracle, not least in his pace.

    1. DeadManWoking
      12th October 2010, 18:07

      Hamilton as well, even if Lewis wins the next 3 Webber only needs a 2nd and two 3rds to win the championship by 1 point.

      1. I should clarify: Hamilton needs luck because of his deficit, Button needs a miracle because of his pace.

        1. What miracle? If he wins twice, he might be already 1st going to last gp

          1. Okay, I’m being harsh. Can he win twice? Yes. Is it likely? He’s probably the least likely out of the Top 5 to do so.

            They both need Webber to fail but Button needs speed too. He might be beating Hamilton because of crashes as well as mechanical issues but he needs to beat the other two too.

          2. Both McLaren drivers need a miracle because they need Alonso, the other McLaren driver, Webber, AND Vettel to ALL have off weeks compared to the McLaren drivers pace. However, with McLaren as far behind as it is, if the team hasn’t decided on a driver to support yet, it’s highly likely that they won’t have a chance regardless as they will just take points off of each other. Rebull has the lead and is tied for 2nd they don’t really need to choose unless disaster strikes (double DNFs, etc.) or Alonso wins the next 2.

          3. I understood what you meant Icthyes.

        2. Agreed. I really want Button to do well (not that he’s doing a bad job per se) but for whatever reason, save Monza, he never seems to have the pace of Hamilton and the others. I find it a bit frustrating

          1. It’s frustrating because I know he’s capable of blistering pace, he just always seems to play it too safe; which works sometimes but other times he needs to take a leaf out of Hamilton’s book. Agonising when you’re a bit of a Button fan. He got all them temperamental Hondas on the podiums all those years of the Ferrari Schumis and Renault Alonsos so why not now in a Mclaren? Not to mention last year!

        3. hamilton used id luck lifelines in first part of the season. now he is out of lifelines so for him to rely on the luck is done. what he needs is god himself

        4. Hammilton needs to grow up, it’s time! He might have been unlucky in Japan but not in the previous 2 races… not under pressure

          1. He was unlucky to have Webber outbrake himself and drive into his rear tyre after completing the overtake.

  3. Then we will have a few more kilometres of running available on Friday compared to usual so we can find the right feeling on the track.

    What does he mean with this? Is the FP1 and FP2 longer then usual for Korea?

    Further yes agree Button needs close to a miracle, Hamilton has a though job in front of him, of course if Webber fails to finish just one race or don’t very low points (or none) and Hamilton gets podium he is seriously in on the championship fight.

    If Button wins every race left Mark can finish worst 3rd in any race. If the best he can do is 2nd in all races Mark only need to finish 6th to beat him.

    If Mark gets 1 more win and rest 3rd places it’s not enough if Alonso/Vettel wins two races and finish 2nd in one.

    Mark wins 2 then the third race he don’t need to score point to win but he can potentially not aford to not score and get a 1st and 2nd place finish then Alo/Vet “just” needs to score a 1st, 2nd and 3rd to clinch the championship with 1 point.

    If Hamilton gets a 1,2,3 Webber just need 2x 3rd places to beat Hamliton due to more 2nd place finishes to win.

    Same scenario if Mark gets 2x 3rd button needs 2 wins to beat him. If the best he can do is 2nd Mark just needs 2x 4th.

    It looks very grim for Button I don’t think he can be consistent enough to get 2nd or better and Mark fail to score twice and not get on podium at least once.

    For Hamilton it looks very hard but plausible (1,2,3 could be doable and a 3,4 for Mark could be possible).

    Alonso 1,3,5 vs Mark 2x 2’s and Alonso wins. But with 1 win and a 2nd place Alonso must do a 1,2,3 to win.

    Can’t wait for Korea to happen to see what happens.
    Maybe Massas support role is to take Mark out of the race?

    1. That would be great!

    2. Brilliant summary, thanks!

    3. “What does he mean with this? Is the FP1 and FP2 longer then usual for Korea?”

      I think he just means that they’ll do more running than they usually do in the practice sessions.

    4. “Maybe Massas support role is to take Mark out of the race?”
      Luca wasn’t best pleased when Michael tried something similar for his own good…

      1. I wonder, can the FIA do anything about a car taking out someone else’s rival? It would be quite easy to manage too.

        1. Do you mean is there anything in the rules? I’m not sure that matters to the FIA.

        2. FIA can check Massa’s car after the race looking for hidden weapons designed to outrace flying bulls

        3. You guys are assuming that Massa will ever get close to Webber at all. Unless he does it when Webber is lapping him, I don’t think that is even a possibility :)

      2. It might backfire, as this will enable Seb to get on top of Mark and get full team support. Then he can really run it to the end from Pole.

        I would think it is rather about finishing in front of both McLarens to get them out of the way for the title and possibly ahead of a RBR to get some points from them.

        What would happen if Massa started winning next round?

    5. I think you summed it up nicely. Everyone has a shot at the title, but McLaren need their rivals to fail to make it work. And Webber must end races in the points and in front of Vettel and Alonso not to loose out.

      I was also wondering about what Alonso said about having more time. Does anyone know, weather the FIA is giving them longer FP1 and FP2 in Korea?

      1. Three McLaren 1-2’s with Hamilton leading would make Hamilton the WDC. Unlikely, but still.

        1. No, with 3 x 3rd Webber will be champ by 1 point.

    6. “Maybe Massas support role is to take Mark out of the race?” like Coulthard in Belgium 1998?

      “Webber is faster than Fernando. Confirm that you understood the message.”

    7. Great summary with a bad ending question. Alonso needs Massa (and the McLarens) to finsih in front of the RBs. If someone is showing how to outrace contenders this is Vettel followed by Hammilton.

      There are over 170 Billion mathematical possibilities in the next races, 2 M have been rated by a computer resulting in the following chances to win the tittle:
      Webber – 59%
      Alonso – 17%
      Vettel – 16.5%
      Ham – 4%
      Button – 2.5%

      1. Sweet stats Chemakal!!

      2. But that assumes random ending positions. They should be weighted by the probability of each possibility.

        1. they have weighted, therefore 2 M probalities out of 170 Billion chosen

          1. how have those weights been computed?

  4. McLaren’s hopes ride on their new F-Duct, which blows both planes, and which they did not run in Suzuka. If that thing works it might give them a signficant jump in total aero efficiency and a serious top speed edge. The track being super smooth will also help them. If Hamilton can get a perfect storm of winning, while having his teammate Vettel and Alonso between him and Webber, he can chop this down to where he can control his own destiny.

    Maybe this is too bizarre an outcome but who could expect Webber to run into the back of a backmarker. This is one of those seasons like 86, 88, 89, 07, 08, where some crazy freak event, like Mansell’s tire popping in 86, is going to edit down the discussion of car performance and driver pace very quickly.

  5. I beg for a 1-2 for Red Bull in both Korea and Brazil, with Vettel winning. this would tie the score, and the battle at Abu Dhabi would be the most epic thing since, Brazil 2008!

    1. The battle at Abu Dhabi wouldn’t be at all epic, as it would only essentially be between 2 drivers, whereas it still has the potential to have 5 drivers in it. The most epic would be Hamilton and Button getting wins with Alonso and Vettel getting a couple of mid/low scores and Webber barely scoring.

      1. I really dont think it will go down to all 5 drivers. Im pretty sure Jenson wont make it, however, if Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel all to into Abu Dhabi within 15 points of Webber, now that would be EPIC.

  6. Alonso is spot on for a change! Look at the current table in a format we understand (the good old pre 2010 points system)

    MW 88
    SV 84
    FA 83
    LH 79
    JB 77

    Kimi won it from LH current points difference in the last race. LH has 2 extra races to close that gap down. Dont rule anyone out just yet!

  7. Anyone of those five can still win it. It isn’t over until it’s over. Remember no one can win it in Korea, but Hamilton and Button could get cut adrift, if Webber wins and Hamilton or Button fail to finish they’re out of it and 5 could become 3. Korea is a very important race for McLaren!

  8. If we’re all still on our conspiracy theory kick, I wonder when people are going to start saying Massa’s intentionally avoiding being a support for Alonso.

    I personally don’t think it’s the case, but I’m surprised it hasn’t cropped up yet (that I’ve seen).

    1. I’ve read a few comments that Massa purposefully stuffed up qualifying and took himself out of the race.

    2. I’ve already seen this in the comments as well.

    3. That’s preposterous. Nobody in their right mind would do something that stupid and dangerous. The guy is just an embarrassment at the moment. That’s all there is to it.

      1. No one wants to get taken out of the race, that’s just silly.

        But I could easily see Massa not going 100% in qualifying, and aiming for a comeback drive to finish 4th or 5th in the race.

  9. I did some math and it looks very bleek for Hamilton and even worse for button…I made up some results which would favour hamilton and not webber while removing Alonso this is what turned up:

    Korea ham jen vet web
    brazil alo ham vet web
    abu dhabi ham vet web alo

    ham – 192 + 25,18,25 = 260
    vet – 206 + 18,18,15 = 257
    web – 220 + 12,12,15 = 259

    the Mclaren boys are effectively out if Webber wins one.

    1. And what if Webber has a DNF? ;-)

  10. I guess going by some of the juvenile posts 5 possible winners is,nt correct? Or are they all so clever more or less drivers could also win the WDC?

    How about Schumacher,Kubica,or maybe Trulli?

    1. Unless someone gets disqualified from a race we think we already know the result of, there are only 5 possible winners.

      Massa, Rosberg and Kubica all dropped out of contention after the Suzuka result.

  11. Enjoyed that interview, and also Alonso’s look on the current WDC standings. Nice he mentioned Massa too, basically said he knows Massa can get the podium – unlike some very knee jerk negative comments above which is a shame.

  12. he’s just saying that…
    would rather ALO won the WDC than VET.

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      13th October 2010, 3:02

      Even if Alonso wins by six points or less?

      1. Especially if Alonso wins by six points or less, if for nothing else, just to upset you PM!! ;-)

      2. I would love to see Fernando get the tittle with less than 7 points difference only if you keep posting here.

    2. Hate to admit it, but so would I. Vettel has had enough chances with the best car, if he doesn’t win it then he doesn’t deserve to.

      1. I think Vettel is not mature enough to win the WDC but he has potential.

  13. Prisoner Monkeys
    13th October 2010, 3:00

    Crunching the numbers in my head (I have a bad relationship with math, so excuse me if this is a little out), but if Webber wins in Korea, then Vettel and Alonso will need to win both Brazil and Abu Dhabi – and that assumes Webber will not score in either race (or score poorly).

    1. Not if Alonso/Webber will finish on the podium in Korea, but if both of them won’t finish then they both need to win twice with Webber scoring 8 poinst or less in both races.

      1. Alonso or VETTEL, not Webber, sorry.

  14. Did some math and if you compare all the top 5 drivers with Webber as our benchmark:

    WEBBER – needs 1-1st & 2-3rd to win
    ALONSO – 3-1st vs WEB 3-2nd
    VETTEL – 3-1st vs WEB 3-2nd
    HAMILTON – 3-1st vs WEB 3-3rd (and ALO/VET 3-2nd)
    BUTTON – 3-1st vs WEB 2-3rd & 1-4th (and ALO/VET/HAM 3-2nd)

  15. With 3 races left, what i’m really looking forward to in Korea is Hamiton and Button HAVING to race to win. Based on the current points and the form of Vettel and Webber, Hamilton and Button need to win in Korea to keep their championship hopes alive.

    No more playing the percentage game and picking up the points – it’s win or bust time! Hamilton tends to race like this most weekends anyway, but not Button. In particular I’m very interested to see how Button reacts – we saw last year in Brazil what he is capable of in these situations but does he have anything else left up his sleeve? Only time will tell but it’s mouth watering stuff!

  16. I’m trying not to mentally deduct 7 points from you, Fernando. Honest. It’s a stretch but maybe we could have had 6 drivers in this battle if your beloved team mate hadn’t been demoted and demoralized.

    1. Being obsessed with the 7 points from Hockenheim is an futil exercise. I did it in 2007 and 2008 with Hamilton and his aids and eventually decided that Hamilton is a great driver and everything else is secondary. Both Hamilton and Alonso will enjoy their championship no matter what we think. So we don’t have to be outraged because this is useless.

      1. I’m not outraged though I know some were at the time. I’m peeved, maybe. Certainly not obsessed, I agree that would be futile. But I can also have an opinion, of course..

        1. Sure, I see your opinion natural because nobody wants to see ugly things like Ferrari does. But when the things are decided, there’s no way to go on complaining. FIA decides and we have to finish complains because FIA always was and allways will be the guilty of most of the problems of F1.

          I don’t have to say how angry was Spain after things like Valencia or Silverstone or any other examples related to other drivers or teams.

          The idea of diminishing the value of a championship achieved, apart from many jokes read here that I have to admit they are funny, is a despicable practice. So all I get is that drivers will not take into account our opinion.

          In us, it just causes an exchange of “examples weapons” in which the common denominator are the inconsistencies of the FIA decitions, while we blame de drivers or the teams.

  17. Personally I’m hoping for a result in Korea whereas Webber can wrap up the championship in Brazil with a victory.

    Each to their own of course.

  18. truthnhonesty
    13th October 2010, 7:45

    Okay, now we know that Alonso is at least not that bad in mathematics. How smart to realise that 5 drivers can still become champion!
    Anyway, dont worry, Fernando! FIA, Ferrari and Berlusconis “we make our own rules”-Mafia will make sure that ONLY you will be Champion in the end.

    1. LOL!!!! Such a cynic!!

    2. You should change your name to something like bitternessnconspiracy.

  19. Well, Alonso knows maths but he knows more than i.e. Hamilton who see himself out of the championship. As most of you have calculated, it’s difficult for Hamilton to win but not impossible.

    For example Vettel was out two weeks ago, and now he’s in, after a race were nobody crashed. Imagine if some of them cash, which happens almost always.

    Alonso says that we’ve seen many times this year how someone that is out of Championship, the next week is in.

    Anyway, don’t you think that this twesday communications are written by Ferrari’s public relations? They are so measured… I wouldn’t give much credibility about if that’s Alonso thinking.

    He’d be probably thinking:
    “mmm I have to win, if massa crossed his car on the road on first lap… If Charlie Withing wouldn’t hate me so much… if crash kids go on crashing… If Webber has a constipate or better a diarrhea… yes I have chances. I just have to have the team with me… well that’s no problem. Yes I can win because I’m the best.. well, everybody says that… even in F1Fanatic, if you see the pools… YES, I WILL WIN, even if it’s by 1 point, that would be great to see Prisioner monkey’s face. He thinks I mind his opinion, but I really don’t mind that silly details. The winner is who has more points. That was all the time, and that will be…”

    I hope you like my invention. I think is more probable than team’s marketing and communication.

    1. Vettel was out two weeks ago, and now he’s in

      Says who?

      1. Well, “many” people was debating about giving all chances in RBR to Webber some races ago. Now, it’s being said that Hamilton is out, even he almost says that. Alonso was out in Spa and now he’s in. I mean that most of the chances are Webber’s if everything is normal, but nothing is normal this year.

        You never said Vettel was out (for you even Massa was in) and I never said so aswell, but you cannot deny that many people has thought many times that some of the 5 drivers were out in any ocasion, and later they were in.

        Hopes have been developed by people in here and everybody can see that despite that probability of winning gives 17% to Alonso and 5% to Hamilton, both can win the championship in many simulations. The same %to Vettel and Button.

  20. Love him or hate him, you must give Alonso his dues.

    This is a man who after the British GP this year (round 10) claimed “we will win the championship” even though he had only 98 points to the then leaders (Hamilton) 145. At the time next to no one took him seriously and even laughed at him as he simply was never considered a championship contender after Bahrain, and was even ridiculed in the media and on certain forums for his performances up until then.

    One must admire his commitment and determination. I think out of all drivers on the grid, this man wants the championship the most.

    1. Was he ever going to say they weren’t in the championship? Would anyone else?

      1. Hammilton seems to be seeing himself out of the tittle (he must know deep inside that he is no good under pressure despite bad luck in Japan). If Fernando makes it in the end, it will most probably be with less than 7 points difference to the second… uh! that will be fun. I’ll be a much more frequent visitor to this blog…

        1. Hammilton seems to be seeing himself out of the tittle

          With 3 races to go, not 9. There’s no comparison.

          1. true, but many hope for the miracle… but if you don’t believe in making it youself…

      2. Sorry, Icthyes, have you heard anyone else this year lay out the claim that they will win the championship? Yes, we have quotes of drivers saying they need to be in the hunt and they will try to win the championship, but from my memory Fernando is the only who has come and stated he will win it.

        1. That’s not answering my question though, is it? I didn’t say so would everyone else, I asked if anyone would say they weren’t. Remember Alonso is speaking to a different audience too.

          1. Well yes. This year, and previous years when drivers were still in with a mathematical chance they were realistic on their chances even if it meant conceding defeat, including Alonso when driving for Renault.

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