Alonso: Massa ought to win both races
Fernando Alonso heads the world championship table at the penultimate race of the season in Brazil. Despite that, the Spanish driver sees no change in his situation: "For sure, we're now a couple of points up on the others, but we saw in Korea how quickly things can change." Sebastian Vettel suffered engine failure and in one fell swoop dropped down from a possible top spot in the rankings to fourth position. Alonso suddenly found himself in his place.
From the Ferrari driver's point of view, one thing still counts: "Reliability has got to be our top priority. We aim to be on the podium for both races. We'll find out in Abu Dhabi, whether it's enough." Given his current way of thinking, Alonso would even be pleased for team-mate Felipe Massa to post a win.
"He's normally a strong finisher here at Interlagos," says Alonso. "Felipe needs to win and snatch 25 points away from the others." The number of points for a win is Alonso's biggest headache. The points totals for the remaining positions are not large enough to cause concern. "My biggest worry is, what if one of my rivals bags 25 points? Hopefully, Felipe can win both races. That would be the best result for me."
Alonso knows it won't be easy: "Our opponents are very strong. Red Bull have been very dominant and McLaren will fight to the bitter end, I know for a fact. Red Bull are cast as the favourites at every track." But Red Bull haven't always played that role well, as we have seen.