Fernando Alonso's points deficit to runaway leader Sebastian Vettel on Sunday grew from 5 to 13, as the German won his fourth consecutive grand prix in the now-dominant Red Bull. Ferrari's Alonso ne...

Fernando Alonso's points deficit to runaway leader Sebastian Vettel on Sunday grew from 5 to 13, as the German won his fourth consecutive grand prix in the now-dominant Red Bull.

Ferrari's Alonso needs to claw back 5 points on average at each of the remaining races in Abu Dhabi, Austin and Brazil, moving India GP podium interviewer Martin Brundle to ask Vettel if he can feel "one hand on the trophy" now.

The smiling German, of course, trotted out the customary line about taking one step at a time, but did admit: "This was another good step for us."

Spaniard Alonso drove an impressive race to split the Red Bulls on the podium, and said: "It's not easy to fight Red Bull but we will never give up.

"We want to be happy in Brazil, not here. I am sure we will do it."

It is obvious there are some psychological games being played now; the latest episode is Alonso's repeated characterisation of his title battle as a fight with Adrian Newey, not Vettel.

"All of us are working hand in hand," Vettel insisted on the podium, "whether here on the track or in Milton Keynes."

Vettel and Red Bull's designer Newey, meanwhile, rubbished the latest speculation about their futures at Ferrari.

"Yes, I can deny," the double world champion told the British broadcaster Sky, when asked if he has a Ferrari deal lined up for 2014.

"I don't have any agreement or obligation."

When also asked about a job at Ferrari, Newey added beneath the Buddh podium late on Sunday: "I think that window has been and gone."

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

60

1:31:10.744

1

25

2

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

60

+9.4 secs

5

18

3

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

60

+13.2 secs

2

15

4

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

60

+13.9 secs

3

12

5

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

60

+26.2 secs

4

10

6

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

60

+44.6 secs

6

8

7

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

60

+45.2 secs

7

6

8

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

60

+54.9 secs

12

4

9

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

60

+56.1 secs

11

2

10

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

60

+74.9 secs

13

1

11

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

60

+81.6 secs

10

 

12

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

60

+82.8 secs

16

 

13

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

60

+86.0 secs

15

 

14

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

60

+86.4 secs

17

 

15

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

59

+1 Lap

18

 

16

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

59

+1 Lap

9

 

17

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

59

+1 Lap

19

 

18

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

59

+1 Lap

20

 

19

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

59

+1 Lap

24

 

20

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

58

+2 Laps

21

 

21

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

58

+2 Laps

23

 

22

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

55

+5 Laps

14

 

Ret

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

42

Brakes

22

 

Ret

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

20

Puncture damage

8

 

 

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