Despite reluctantly having to give up on the 2011 F1 drivers’ title, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso remains determined to win more races before the end of the season, and says that Singapore could be one of his best chances.
“We will try to attack, try to be aggressive with the strategies and the starts, try to win races,” he said “We know that we cannot fight for the general classification, we know that we cannot fight for the Tour de France, but we want to win individual stages. So we want to win individual races.
“Here in Singapore it’s true it’s one of our best opportunities in the remaining races, because the characteristics of the circuit are similar to Monte Carlo, we were quite competitive there, and we have soft and supersoft tyres, and that is normally the combination that we like most.
“It should be a good weekend us, but a victory is never easy, or is never close enough when we are fighting with Red Bull and McLaren. It’s going to be tough, but hopefully closer than some other races.”
Comparing Singapore with Monaco, Alonso added: “Driving technique, it’s a combination between Monte Carlo and a normal circuit, because Monte Carlo is very extreme, very low speed corners, and the way you drive there is a little bit more crazy in a way.
“Here you need to be for sure very precise and close to the walls, and at the same time there is a little bit of room to take care of the tyres, and a little bit of strategy etc, because it’s a wide circuit, and quite a good street circuit.”
Alonso knows more about Singapore than most. Last year he led from start to finish, holding off Sebastian Vettel for victory, in his first grand slam (pole, win, fastest lap and led every lap), and it continued his comeback in the drivers' championship. This weekend, Alonso could very well be Vettel's biggest challenger, having won here twice, and earning more points than any other driver, reaching the podium in all three events.
For Vettel to leave Marina Bay as World Champion, he must gain 13 points on Alonso, eight each on Jenson Button and Webber and lose no more than one point to Lewis Hamilton If he achieves this tall order, it would be one of F1's most dominant seasons ever for a driver.
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