Alonso concedes defeat to Vettel in the race to win championship

Sep 13, 2011, 08:16 IST | PA Sport
Ferrari ace Alonso concedes defeat to Red Bull's Vettel in the race to win F1 championship after the German's Italian GP triumph last weekend 

Disappointed: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. PIC/Getty Images

Fernando Alonso has set his sights on being the best of the rest after conceding this year's Formula One world title to Sebastian Vettel. Alonso is now Vettel's nearest challenger after the 24-year-old's victory in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, his eighth of the year.

After finishing half a second ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to claim the final spot on the podium at Monza, Alonso is 112 points adrift, with just 150 available. "There are six races to go so the championship is impossible -- not mathematically, but we are no longer in contention," said Alonso.

"We will now simply try to enjoy every race, to go for individual victories and fight for second place in the championship. "It's always better to finish second than fifth, so I will try to get second place as I did last year.
"We must stay cool and concentrate and try to reach targets that are within our reach. "There is still great motivation because, as I say, we want to win races and to defend my position in the drivers' championship," the Spaniard added.

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