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Alonso 'proud' to still be in the title hunt
Sunday 18th November 2012, 23:57 by Ryan Wood
Fernando Alonso says he's proud to still be in with a shot at the title despite a difficult weekend in Austin for Ferrari.
The Italian team struggled during qualifying with Alonso only securing ninth, whilst team-mate Felipe Massa took seventh. Both were promoted a place with Romain Grosjean dropping places thanks to a gearbox penalty.
Massa was then 'sacrificed' by the team to move Alonso up another place and onto the clean side of the grid - which likely gained him a few places as he emerged fourth after turn one.
He says the podium finish was like a victory for the team.
"I think this podium, after all the difficulties we went through this weekend is like a victory for us," he said after the race. "Losing three points maybe was in no-one's thoughts I think yesterday night or Friday night after seeing the practice, so we are really happy again to have a very good Sunday and score again good points."
As the circus heads to Brazil for the title showdown, Alonso says he hopes to enjoy the race and no matter the outcome, is proud to have fought throughout the season.
"We will try to go to Brazil with the possibility to fight for the world championship which is something that we fight for all through the year and we arrived in that fantastic position," he added.
"Only Sebastian is in a better position than us but we should be proud of ourselves so try to enjoy the Brazil race and do our best, fight all the race and see what the outcome at the end is."