It’s been an overcast and humid day in Sao Paulo, but at least the rain held off while Fernando Alonso met the media in the Interlagos paddock for the usual Thursday press interrogation. In fact, the threat of a wet weekend shaped the first question, the press suggesting that a rainy race might provide the Scuderia Ferrari driver with his best chance of a victory this season.
“Even with the rain, we don’t have the possibility to win,” said the Spaniard. “After only getting two podiums this season, we cannot expect a few drops of rain to allow us to win. Unfortunately, we are not at that level, however it’s true there are more opportunities when it’s wet, but it’s also a risk, as you can gain positions or lose everything.” Even though Alonso isn’t in the fight for this year’s title, he was asked about the contentious topic of double points at the final race in a fortnight’s time. “It’s the way it is and there is nothing you can do about it,” was his philosophical response. “If you win it thanks to that, it’s ok, but if you lose it, it would be a shame. But you can also win because of a mechanical failure, or a penalty that wasn’t fair, so from that point of view there are always different things that can affect the championship and double points is just one more thing.” Naturally, the Ferrari man was asked about his future and why he had not made public any decision. “I don’t think there is any deadline to decide: this week McLaren is saying something, last week Lopez of Lotus said we were talking, which is true, but it’s for a project outside Formula 1. Everyday there’s a rumour and today I read that I have bought Marussia for one dollar! It’s absolutely not true.”
At this time of year, the journalists are preparing their season reviews and Fernando was asked to pick out his highs and lows. “It’s been difficult and challenging, but probably my best season, because I had a tough challenge this year, including having a world champion on the other side of the garage and I was performing at my best,” he concluded. “Hungary was the best moment, leading the race until two laps from the end and finishing second and the worst moment was Japan, with the terrible feeling because of Jules’ accident and then in the race I did only three corners before retiring