FERNANDO ALONSO (pictured) feels not even a typhoon could blow Sebastian Vettel off course in Korea this weekend.
Early fears Typhoon Fitow would wreak havoc over the Korean peninsula with torrential rain and winds of up to 160kmh (100mph) are subsiding.
The suggestion now is the periphery of the typhoon will at least make for a wet race around the Korean International Circuit. That could ultimately level the playing field for Alonso and lead to a mistake from Vettel, who has a healthy 60-point cushion over the Spaniard with six races remaining.
Alonso, however, appreciates that whether dry or wet on Sunday, Red Bull and Vettel will still take some stopping.
"You never know in wet races who will be the lucky one," said the Ferrari driver.
"If they are very fast, as they should be, and we have an off weekend then they will be in pole position and will win the race.
"If there are mixed conditions, then maybe we are lucky, maybe we are unlucky, and if the latter then we say bye-bye to the championship.
"It's hard to predict, but even in the wet they should be the maximum favourite. With the downforce they have in wet conditions they should be even stronger.
"If it is wet we'll see if it changes things, but it's something we cannot control."
He added: "We know it is difficult, but if you have two lucky races things can change very quickly, but we need a lot of luck. We know that.
"We will not give up until it's mathematically impossible."