So Fernando Alonso is 100 per cent sure he'll be world champion this year, is he? Well that remains to be seen, but that's no reason not to admire the guy's attitude.
Yes, he's 13 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the race for the championship. Yes, his Ferrari appears to be inferior to the Red Bull at present.
And yes, he hasn't beaten Seb properly since the German Grand Prix - eight races ago. But there's absolutely nothing he can gain by throwing in the towel now and coming out with some boring sound bite along the lines of 'it's still mathematically possible, but it's a long shot.'
He clearly agrees. Just look at some of the stuff he's been posting on his Twitter account in the past week. One that sticks in the mind is, 'If they break your sword, fight them with your hands. If they cut your hands, push them with your shoulders, even your teeth...' You get the feeling that if the need arises, he'll pick up his Ferrari and carry it over the line.
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