Alonso: Title would be 'a miracle'
Fernando Alonso thinks that becoming world champion this year would be "a miracle" given that Ferrari do not have the fastest car.
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Alonso stands 29 points clear of defending champion Sebastian Vettel heading into this weekend's Japanese GP having won three races so far this season.
Even more impressive has been the Spaniard's consistency, with only the first-corner accident in Belgium caused by Romain Grosjean preventing a perfect run of points finishes by the Spaniard.
Such successes come in spite of a car that has failed to match those of rivals Red Bull and McLaren, with Lotus also faster on occasion.
Speaking at Suzuka on Thursday, 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.
"We'll do the maximum. We did 14 more or less perfect races until now. What we cannot do now is mistakes in the last six.
"We need to continue like this, to work hard, keep calm and bring the points every Sunday - the maximum points we can. Sometimes we'll be fourth, sometimes we'll be second and we'll see what the others do."
Although Alonso did not deny the suggestion that he is currently driving better than ever, the double World Champion said that Ferrari's performances on race weekends have been vital.
"Every year you improve things and you learn from mistakes. For sure this year, so far, we've been quite consistent. I think we've extracted the maximum from the car at every race," he added.
"I'm very, very pleased and happy with our year. Not just myself only personally driving, also the team because here on the trackside, on set-up, strategy, pit-stop calls etc, I think we've maximised every Sunday the points.
"But there's still six (races) to do and we need to continue in the same way."