Alonso: Vettel not out of reach

Thursday 27-June-2013 16:56

Fernando Alonso has called on Ferrari to "remain calm and do our job" as they look to close the gap to Sebastian Vettel in the Championship.

Red Bull driver Vettel has opened a 36-point lead over the Ferrari driver in the standings, but there are still 12 races left in the season and Alonso knows better than anyone else that things can change quickly.

"Being 36 points behind the leader, we don't have much more room to make mistakes or lose many more points," the Spaniard said.

"But on the other side we need to remain calm and do our job. If we can win races and if we can finish in front of Sebastian it will be great, but if we cannot, then we try and lose the minimum points.

"Last year I had an advantage around Monza time of 42 points, and it was not enough. So being the eighth race and 36 points behind is not an ideal position, but it is not the end of the world."

Vettel is the form driver on the track having won the Canadian Grand Prix last time out after starting on pole while he finished second in Monaco.

Alonso was full of praise for the German and his Red Bull team.

"I think he [Vettel] is doing a fantastic job in all the races," he said. "He has been nearly perfect with no down races, always performing well in qualifying and with very good races.

"Obviously I had two unlucky situations, one in Malaysia and one in Bahrain. Kimi was leading the championship and then was very close until he had two unlucky situations, one in Monaco and one in Canada which was a mixed race for him.

"So we need to keep fighting, we need to keep pushing to recover now these bad races we have had.

"Red Bull is improving really well, compared to the first part of the Championship. We need to raise our game if we want to arrive at him."

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