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F1: Fernando Alonso concedes he will need luck to catch Sebastian Vettel

The Ferrari driver finished behind his Red Bull rival in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his victory at the Singapore Grand Prix

F1: Sebastian Vettel recovers from first corner hitch to cruise home in Singapore Grand Prix which came to life late on

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Fernando Alonso insists he wants to stay with Ferrari

Fernando Alonso wants to end McLaren talk by signing contract extension with Ferrari

The Spaniard had been linked with a return to his former team but he insists he wants to stay with the Italian manufacturer

Fernando Alonso has yet to win a world title for Ferrari, much to the disappointment of president Luca di Montezemolo

F1 comment: Why Ferrari have made U-turn over Kimi Raikkonen

President Luca di Montezemolo hopes the uncomplicated Finn's return will provoke the necessary response from Fernando Alonso

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F1: Ferrari confirm Kimi Raikkonen will replace Felipe Massa from 2014

The Finn won the world title with the Prancing Horse in 2007

Kimi Raikkonen appears to be closing in on a return to former team Ferrari

F1: Felipe Massa announces Ferrari exit on Twitter, paving way for Kimi Raikkonen return

The former world champion is expected to join for next season

Kimi Raikkonen appears to be closing in on a return to former team Ferrari

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo confirms decision over Kimi Raikkonen return will be made in 'the next few days'

But team principal Stefano Domenicali attempts to coll speculation by claiming decision has not yet been reached

Force India’s Paul di Resta, centre, crashes into Romain Grosjean’s Lotus at Monza

Sebastian Vettel shrugs off Italian boos as Lewis Hamilton faces mountain climb

German extends his championship lead to 53 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso after flag-to-flag victory at Monza

Stand-off: Fernando Alonso drives into the pits during his ill-fated qualifying session yesterday

Italian GP qualifying: Ferrari admit defeat as Fernando Alonso loses his temper

As Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix after admitting that he drove "like an idiot", and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crushed their opposition, the pressure on Ferrari ramped up even further as Fernando Alonso angrily declaimed his team after managing only fifth place on the grid for the race he must win if he is to stay in the world championship hunt.

SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates finishing second during the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 25, 2013 in Spa, Belgium. GETTY IMAGES

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The Basque team was on the verge of extinction

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F1: Fernando Alonso publicly rebuked by Ferrari president

The Spanish driver receives a 'tweak of the ear' for comments after the Hungarian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring

F1: Fernando Alonso fears long summer if he loses further ground on Sebastian Vettel

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