The Spaniard took a fighting second place to McLaren's Jenson Button in Japan as Red Bull's Vettel wrapped up the championship with third place. But Alonso said, we yet have a lot of motivation. Why not fight for victory in one of the remaining races? Button's victory in Suzuka his third of the season was not enough to deny Vettel a second successive drivers' title, but it does take him eight points clear of Alonso in the race for second in the championship.
The win came as a result of a marked upturn in form for McLaren, who were enjoying the benefit of a new rear wing introduced two weeks ago in Singapore, where Button was second to Vettel.
And Alonso, whose fantastic drive to secure second place in Suzuka was almost forgotten among the post-race furore surrounding Vettel, was in defiant mood when asked how he felt about Vettel, aged 24 years and 98 days, supplanting him as the sport's youngest two-time title winner.