Fernando Alonso is refusing to give up on this year's title race, adamant he's back in the hunt after finishing second in Belgium.
The double World Champion fought back from a dismal qualifying in the rain on Saturday where he managed only ninth to secure second place at Spa.
It was an impressive showing from the Ferrari driver and a return to form after struggling with race-pace at the previous events in Germany and Hungary.
In fact such was Alonso's Hungarian slump that the Spaniard jokingly said he wanted "someone else's car" for his birthday.
That commented sparked a spat at Ferrari as president Luca di Montezemolo was unhappy and let Alonso - and the media - know his feelings.
However, it was all consigned to the past on Sunday when the 32-year-old returned to the podium.
"We recovered some of the optimism we lost. It was a good weekend in terms of feeling and points," Alonso said.
But while Alonso raked in 18 points, he still lost seven to Sebastian Vettel as the Red Bull racer claimed his fifth victory of the season to extend his advantage in the Championship to 46 points over the Alonso.
The Spaniard, however, is not fazed as last year he was on the receiving end when Vettel overturned his 39-point lead to take his third title.
"It is still open. The best example is last year," Alonso said.
"It can change very quickly. We just need to keep trying to improve our performance and try to turn it around."
He added: "You cannot forget that in the first five races we were a very competitive team, we won two of the five races, and we were in a position to fight for the podium all the time.
"We went backwards in terms of the step in the car, we lost some direction, [but] we analysed everything and it seems now the things we are bringing to the team are delivering what we expect.
"This gives us the possibility to go forward. We still have to recover some of the gap and go for pole positions. The Championship is very long.
"If you have a competitive car and win six consecutive races you can recover very quickly - and we will find out if we are in a position to do that."
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