Fernando Alonso says he is refusing to give up on winning one of the remaining races of the year despite a disappointing result in Korea.
The Ferrari driver, who had been fighting for victory last weekend in Japan, had to settle for fifth position after being unable to match the performance of the leading cars. Alonso said Ferrari must try to raise its game in qualifying in order to have a better chance in the races, and claimed he is still seeking another win in the three remaining grands prix.
"All in all, it was an interesting race, with plenty of action," said Alonso, who is 10 points behind second place in the standings.
"At the start, I was struggling a bit to match the pace of the leaders, because, after just a few laps, the super-softs were already producing a lot of understeer. On top of that, being in traffic all the time compromised still further the tire performance, because there was less aerodynamic downforce.
"When we switched to the softs, the situation improved significantly and, with a clear track, I was able to push as hard as I could, but by then it was difficult to reach the small group that was fighting for the podium: hence what I said on the radio, having given my all for twenty laps, but there was no way I could do more with just two laps to go.
"We must try and improve our Saturday performance, but we will not give up trying to secure a win in the remaining races of this season. Furthermore, we will continue to work towards next year, trying new things and maybe, taking a few risks with our strategy."
Teammate Felipe Massa finished in sixth position, the Brazilian claiming he was robbed of a better position because of some problems during the race.
"I'm not pleased because small problems prevented me from getting a better result," Massa said. "Today, our performance level was better than it had been in qualifying, which has been a constant factor this year. Now we are off to the Indian Grand Prix, a new venue for Formula 1. I don't know the country and I am very curious to see what it's like, because I think it has a lot in common with Brazil, given that both are going through a period of strong growth."