Alonso relying on Lady Luck
Fernando Alonso believes he will need Lady Luck on his side while Sebastian Vettel suffers misfortune if he is to claim this season's F1 title.
For a fourth successive year since he joined Ferrari, Alonso stepped onto the podium at Monza at the end of the Italian Grand Prix.
On this occasion, Alonso had to settle for finishing second best to Vettel, as he has done in two of the last three years in the title fight - a trend which is likely to soon become three from four this campaign.
Alonso trails Vettel by 53 points in the drivers' standings after the 26-year-old German cruised to his sixth win in 12 races this season and the 32nd of his career.
Assessing the situation, Alonso said: "We need to be realistic about the championship now there's a very big gap.
"We probably don't have the speed right now to win consecutive races and to reduce the gap just by pace.
"We need to be lucky and we need for Sebastian to have some DNFs (did not finish) or something to win the championship.
"With the races left and points disadvantage it's going to be hard, but in a way it was exactly the same last year.
"We could only lose the championship, with a 41-point advantage in front of Sebastian after the Monza race.
"It was difficult for him to catch up, and so it was maybe up to us, but we didn't complete the job. We had a DNF in Suzuka (Japan) and some other problems.
"There's still a long way to go, and we will try until the last race to be as good as we can and score as many points as possible.
"Then in Brazil we will see how many points we have compared to him."
From Vettel's perspective, he again insisted he was "trying not to think about it (the title) too much".
Instead, the only situation he has to contend with these days is the booing from fans who are becoming frustrated with his continued success.
In beating Alonso, the jeers from the Ferrari fans were no surprise, and he took them in his stride.
"I had an experience in 2008 which blew me away completely when I won here with an Italian team (Toro Rosso) with a Ferrari engine, so the atmosphere was fantastic," Vettel said.
"When I won here again in 2011 (with Red Bull) that (the booing) was a surprise, but this year it was expected.
"I said on the radio on the in-lap 'the more booing we get, the better we have done', so it's normal.
"I don't blame the people. Their love of Ferrari is in their genes. It's something very special.
"Obviously Fernando is in a great position on the podium, whereas if you're dressed in any other colour it's not the same."
When it came to Vettel's other title rivals, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was ninth and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen 11th, with the duo now 81 and 88 points adrift respectively.
Jenson Button was 10th in his McLaren, with Marussia's Max Chilton 19th for Marussia, whilst Paul Di Resta crashed out at the first chicane in his Force India after running into Lotus' Romain Grosjean.