Alonso turns his hopes towards 2014

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Fernando Alonso is investing his hopes in Ferrari catching up with their rivals when the technical rules are overhauled next year.

“For next year I think we start from zero,” said Alonso after losing more ground in the championship to Sebastian Vettel in yesterday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“Really we will put all our effort and hopes into 2014, because starting from zero is our best opportunity to close the gap with all the top teams.”

Alonso added the “big change in regulations” is Ferrari’s “best opportunity to close the gap”.

Although he remains mathematically in contention for this year’s championship, Alonso admitted his prospects are looking more and more unrealistic:

“We need to be very lucky but not only in one weekend, we need to be lucky for the last six races if we want to win the championship.

“We have a points deficit which is a big gap and we have a performance deficit which is a big gap so we need to be very lucky.”

He admitted Ferrari need Red Bull to have more unreliability problems to close the gap to them: “We saw today, again: Webber stopped on the last lap. If this happened to Sebastian one weekend, we have to be there, in second place.”

“If we cannot win the race, we need to be right behind and try to take any opportunity but being realistic, we know that we need to be very very lucky.”

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.