World champion Fernando Alonso says he now needs a miracle to retain his crown following his retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix.
Alonso is 12 points behind McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton after the Briton won a chaotic Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to move ever so close to the title in his rookie season.
There are just two races remaining.
Alonso crashed out of the Fuji race after losing control of his car with 42 laps remaining.
The Spaniard vowed not to give up until the championship is over, but he conceded that he will need a miracle, in the form a retirement from Hamilton, to win the title.
"I'm not throwing in the towel, but unless there is a retirement from Hamilton we have to be realistic and see that it's very hard to recover six points per race," said Alonso after the race.
"It means winning the two remaining races and expect him to finish fifth or sixth, so realistically it's very complicated and we'll need a retirement from him and he hasn't had any this year, but maybe it will come in the last two races.
"We have to try doing the maximum and try to win both races, now more than ever, and maybe even with less pressure because we only need to race and wait for a miracle, a retirement from our rival, so maybe I can race more relaxed now."
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