Fernando Alonso kept the World Championship battle alive by finishing fourth in Japan, although the Spanish driver admits that he has no chance to beat Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso admitted that he was surprised to finish as high as he did at Suzuka.
“Yeah, a little bit because obviously we had some strong people in front of us, and we also had some threat from behind, like Kimi that was starting ninth,” he said. “But the race went good. From the start we recovered some positions, and then we’ve been a little bit lucky with some Mercedes problems, both having to go back. I think it was a good race in terms of points for the constructors’ championship. In terms of pace, we didn’t have the pace to be on the podium, but after those three we’ve been very competitive in the race.”