Fernando Alonso is still confident he can win this year's title despite having seen his lead cut to two points over championship rival Michael Schumacher.
Alonso, who started the race from tenth position after having been relegated from fifth with a controversial decision by the stewards, managed to reach third position with nine laps to go when the engine on his Renault expired.
Schumacher, meanwhile, went on to win the race.
"I think we are strong and we are the favourites," the Spaniard told Italian TV channel RAI. "We're still ahead by two points, let's not forget it. There are many people who want to decide the outcome of the championship differently, but in the end the honest people will win.
"It's not just an unlucky race. It was a bit rigged from the start with an incredible decision and then the engine went: these things happen and it happened today. The championship is getting close, but we must stay calm: we are very strong at the moment and I feel very confident for the last races."
Renault's boss Flavio Briatore, on the other hand, was not as confident as was very critical on Alonso's punishment. "There won't be a fight to the finish [this season]. The championship has already been assigned."
There are still three races to go until the end of the season, with the next one being in China in three week's time.
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