Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/25/12

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 16: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Renault prepares to drive during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on October 16, 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Fernando Alonso told his Ferrari team it must step up efforts to win the Formula One title. He made the comments with his lead in the standings dwindling and defending champion Sebastian Vettel looming behind him. Alonso finished third in the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend, while nearest championship challenger Lewis Hamilton retired because of a malfunctioning gearbox in his McLaren. But the Spaniard has gone four races without taking the checkered flag, and with Red Bull's Vettel winning the Marina Bay night race, another formidable challenger replaced Hamilton in second place in the standings. ''In the end it went well, but we definitely can't go on like this,'' Alonso said. ''It can't always be the case that my closest rival retires, as has happened in the last two races, and we can't think of carrying on to the end of the season with qualifying sessions like (Saturday) when our performance was almost a second off the best.'' Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali agreed t...
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