Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has turned to a cryptic message on Twitter to reiterate his desire to win the 2012 Formula One drivers championship.
The Spaniard saw his lead at the top of the F1 standings stripped down to four points after crashing out in the Japanese Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag and 25 points.
There has been plenty of talk about the title slipping away from Alonso, but he remained bullish albeit cryptically.
“If the enemy thinks of the mountains,” Alonso wrote on his Twitter account, “Attack by sea; and if he thinks of the sea, attack by the mountains.”
With five races to go, Ferrari team owner Stefano Domenicali said they would remain calm.
“For sure we are living in this moment the frustration of what happened. But we have to stay calm and react,” he said. “We know every race is different and what has happened to us can happen to the others.
“The most important thing is to stay really rational and not fall into what is the worst enemy of the team, what the others are trying to put on us, which is pressure. It is a very important point of the season, and we have the opportunity to react straight away next Sunday in Korea.”
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh said: “Fernando is under some real pressure, more pressure frankly from Sebastian than us.
“The most important thing is to stay really rational and not fall into what is the worst enemy of the team, what the others are trying to put on us, which is pressure.”