The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Alonso says 2012 was best season of his career


SAO PAULO (REUTERS) - Fernando Alonso failed to win a third Formula One championship on Sunday but the Ferrari driver still rated his season as the best of his career.

The two titles he won with Renault in Brazil in 2005 and 2006 seemed to fill him with less pride than the defeat to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel because he felt he was battling against the odds this time.

Two years ago in Abu Dhabi, he had lost out to Vettel after taking a 15 point lead into the final race. At Interlagos on Sunday, he almost clawed back the 13 he needed to overhaul the German.

"Here is completely the opposite," he told reporters after finishing the final race of the season in second place after starting seventh. "I'm so proud and I'm so happy to fight until the last lap with the package we have in our hands.