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Alonso not thinking of title in Brazil

Fernando AlonsoChampionship leader Fernando Alonso says he will do maths only in the final race of the season, as he insists he is not thinking about clinching the title at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Heading into the Interlagos race, the Ferrari driver leads by 11 points from Red Bull's Mark Webber following his win in Korea.

The situation means Alonso is the only driver who could clinch the title in Brazil.

But the Spaniard insists he will not be changing his approach for the race, and says he has his mind set on clinching his third title in Abu Dhabi.

"Naturally, I've got great memories of this track because it was here that I secured my two titles, in 2005 and 2006," he said.

"Every time I go to Sao Paolo it's a special feeling and the atmosphere is really great. I don't want to think about the chances of history repeating itself for a third time: I know it is theoretically possible, but that does not count for me.

"We want to tackle this grand prix in the same way as all the others, concentrating on ourselves with our feet on the ground, trying to do a good job, without making mistakes and with the aim of beating our rivals. I have said it before and I say it again: we will do the maths in Abu Dhabi."

Alonso said the new points system means his gap to Webber is not big enough to relax, but conceded he was glad to be the one chased rather than the one chasing.

"I am back in the lead of the championship for the first time since way back after the Australian Grand Prix," wrote Alonso on Ferrari's website.

"However, we know that with this points system and the gaps as they are, the standings don't really mean that much: it only takes one race - as indeed we saw in Korea for the situation to turn itself round.

"All the same, It's always better to be in front than behind! Knowing that achieving our objectives is in our hands means we are a fraction calmer, but in no way does it change our approach.

"We will have to try and do our utmost, making the most of all the potential we have at our disposal. The only difference is that it would be enough, so to speak, to stay ahead of our closest rivals, without having to think too much about the maths."

The Ferrari driver also all but ruled out McLaren's Jenson Button from the championship fight, the Briton 42 points behind in the standings.

"In theory, there are still five of us in the running for the title, but clearly Button is in a trickier situation," he said.

"There are not many points between us to be honest and we saw how things ended up three years ago, but the fact is that are no less than four drivers ahead of him and it's hard to imagine none of them scoring points."

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