Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has again insisted it is not too late for him to fight for the World Championship despite a series of disappointing results.
The Spaniard has scored just four points in the last two races in spite of having a strong car both at Valencia and Silverstone. Alonso is now 47 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but he is adamant that this is not a representative reflection of the situation, because of his poor luck in the last two races.
"I think it's not too late," Alonso told reporters at Hockenheim on Thursday. "There are nine races to go, with many points on the table now. We will try to do the maximum possible, taking points more regularly.
"I think what happened in Valencia and Silverstone is unrealistic. So we are in a better position than what the championship shows."
The Ferrari driver admitted he has been frustrated by not managing to escape problems in recent races, but Alonso says he is more confident than ever before than he can fight for the title, thanks to the improvements to his car.
"There has been some frustrating moments in the last two races because we had a very good weekend in Valencia and we left Valencia with zero points, four points or whatever," he said. "A very good weekend at Silverstone, just behind the Red Bulls, putting some pressure on them finally, and zero points. But as I said, after Silverstone I'm very happy with the car, very motivated, and I think now it's possible to fight for the championship, and I'm very confident now to fight for the championship. More than before.
"The gap between me and the leader has increased, but the car is improving race by race and now there is a possibility to be on the podium regularly. Before Valencia, I think we had two Red Bulls in front, two McLarens, sometimes one Mercedes and one Renault, and we were fighting with them. Now I think we are very strong so I have more confidence now."
The two-time champion added that he had no resentment over the drive-through penalty he was given at Silverstone for passing Robert Kubica.
"I wasn't angry," he said when asked about his request to shut off radio communications during the Silverstone race. "I think the race was over. So there were no more possibilities to recover to take any points, so I was not angry. I switched off from that race and began to think about Germany already on that lap when I said that on the radio.
"The penalty is always fair. They decide what they think and there's nothing we can do. We have to do better this time. This is the past and hopefully here in Germany we'll have a trouble-free weekend."