Alonso hoping for a miracle

Fernando Alonso believes it will be “a miracle” if he is able to win the Drivers’ Championship this year given Ferrari do not have the fastest car (Alonso 8/15 – World Championship outright).

The Spaniard has had a sensational season thus far and with six races left sits atop the overall standings, leading second-placed Sebastian Vettel by 29 points heading into the Japanese Grand Prix.

The unpredictable nature of Formula 1 this season has meant that Alonso’s three wins, coupled with five podium finishes, have put him in pole position to win a third world title.

Reliability has been the key to Alonso’s success this season, with McLaren and Red Bull having been dogged by issues since the start of the year.

While their rivals might have the advantage in terms of pace, Ferrari’s reliability, along with a number of fine drives by Alonso, means the Italian team could claim their first world title in five years this season.

Alonso says despite improvements to the car throughout the year, to keep pace with the likes of Red Bull and McLaren, it would still be a big upset if he is crowned world champion at the end of the season.

Alonso said: “It’s a little miracle that we are in first position. We have no comparison between the car that we have and our opponents’ car, especially in the first six or seven races where we were out of Q3 and 1.5 seconds behind.

“So it’s a little gift that we were in first position from the middle of the Championship. Now the car improved, now we are more regularly on the podium, so now we seem to be able to keep the distance.

“We’ll see what happens from now to the end. If we can fight for the Championship and if we win it will, as I said, be a miracle because I don’t think we were fast enough to do it.”

Alonso will hope he can extend his advantage at Suzuka this weekend in a race he is 11/2 to win, with Lewis Hamilton 2/1 to finish atop the podium, while Vettel is 4/1.

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