Alonso: 'Podiums not enough to stay ahead'

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14 September 2012 by Ryan Wood

Ferrai must deliver a car in which Fernando Alonso is capable of winning races in, if the Spaniard is to deliver them the championsip.

That is the assessment given by Alonso who, just a few weeks ago, insisted consistent points scoring would be enough to deliver the title. He has now changed his mind and says the focus must now be to win more races, adding to his current tally of three in 2012.

"Managing this points gap is going to be hard, because I think everyone is going to be on the attack," he said during a Spanish media event.

The Ferrari driver currently has a 37-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in second. However, whilst Alonso has managed to gradually extend his lead over the last few races, the performance of the McLaren and the misfortune of others has seen Hamilton jump from fifth to second in just a single race, gaining a 25-point advantage over his former team-mate in just three races.

This hasn't gone unnoticed by the double-world champion.

"The whole situation can change in one race that goes wrong," he added. "So we have to keep developing, working hard, trying to win races.

"We can't be thinking about being fourth or fifth, or doing podiums, or how to manage [the gap], we have to be thinking of winning races. 37 points is nothing."