Formula One: Alonso admits title defeat, eyes new season after Vettel strolls again
SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - Fernando Alonso recognised the Formula One title battle was effectively over on Sunday after his skill and a calculated gamble with the tyres were still no match for championship leader Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Spaniard did all he could around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, jumping from seventh on the grid to finish second to the Red Bull driver who increased his lead to 60 points with six races remaining.
Alonso said second place had felt like victory in a car that was two seconds slower than the one driven by his dominant German rival, who looks sure to take a fourth title in succession.
"We have to be realistic, few races to go already and the gap is still increasing every weekend and is now 60 points. We need to be honest with ourselves," the 32-year-old double champion told reporters.