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Red Bull still favourites - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
October 26, 2010 « Epsilon Euskadi still targeting F1 | »
Fernando Alonso expects Red Bull to keep the title alive until the final race © Getty Images

New championship leader Fernando Alonso believes Red Bull still has the advantage in the title race and is expecting the battle to go down to the wire at the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Alonso rocketed to the top of the drivers' championship after winning the Korean Grand Prix last weekend. Both Red Bulls retired, meaning Alonso now leads Mark Webber by 11 points, Lewis Hamilton by 21 and Sebastian Vettel by 25.

If Alonso wins the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix and Webber finishes lower than fifth then he will take the title, but the two-time world champion told he was not thinking about the maths.

"Yes, that's true - and if Red Bull miss their plane to Brazil, that's another way to be champion," he joked. "The odds remain in favour of Red Bull. In Korea I have only guaranteed to be fighting in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season."

Alonso said he still needs more performance from his Ferrari to challenge Red Bull in a straight fight.

"Red Bull showed us again in Korea that they are stronger than us, and that will be the same in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as well," the Ferrari driver told El Pais newspaper. "So what we need is another small step forward to be competitive. We must be on the podium. If someone beats us now, congratulations -- winning or losing will depend on who is faster, on reliability and on luck."