Fernando Alonso labelled his and Ferrari's 2012 Formula 1 efforts as perfect despite losing out to Sebastian Vettel in the championship battle after a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix.The Spaniard went into the season finale 13 points behind Vettel and, during some stages of the race, Alonso was in a situation that would have allowed him to clinch his third title.
In the end, however, Alonso came in second and Vettel was sixth, a result that gave the Red Bull driver his third title by three points. In the process, Alonso lost out on the title in the final race of the season for the third time in his career: he was beaten by a point by Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and by four points by Vettel in 2010.
1 GB J Button McLaren
2 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
3 Brazil F Massa Ferrari