The 2013 F1 season may be over but Ferrari won't be relaxing just yet, using the team before Christmas to focus on next season.
Alonso and Ferrari wrapped up this year's campaign with a podium result in Sunday's Brazilian GP when he brought his F138 home in third place behind the Red Bulls.
It was the Spaniard's first top-three result in six races and cemented his position as second in the Drivers' Championship.
However, next year it could be all change with new rules expected to spice up the Championship.
Formula One will undergo a major overhaul of the regulations that include the introduction of 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines with ERS.
As such Ferrari will not be resting on their laurels with Alonso revealing that work will continue at the factory until Christmas.
"Until Christmas time we are quite busy in Ferrari with some events with sponsors and then in Maranello many parties with the people working in Ferrari and their families," he said.
"We will use those days that we are already in Italy to spend some time in the simulator and to so some work looking for next year relation.
"Christmas time will probably be the first that we completely stop. Until 21st December I think we are on."
Pressed as to whether Alonso and Ferrari have a fighting chance in next year's Championship, third favourite with Paddy Power to take the title, the Spaniard insisted Sunday's podium did not boost his confidence, he always feels they can do it.
"Nothing changed, to be honest," he said. "I'm still optimistic for next year because I trust my team, I trust Ferrari preparation and philosophy for the 2014 car.
"We will be a contender, always, even this year when we haven't been competitive and we only won two grands prix, we were off the podium for the last six or seven grands prix etc, we finished second in the World Championship, so with whatever the car that Ferrari do, normally, better or worse, you are a contender.
"That's my optimistic point for next year, not because we are on the podium or not on the podium."
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