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Hamilton's fear over weekend mistake

British pair still in the hunt for F1 title with five races to go

Posted Sep 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton reckons he may well of blown his chances of regaining the Formula One world title after crashing out of the Monza GP at the weekend admitting: “It’s mistakes like I made today that lose world championships.”
Well Lewis, I think you’re being extremely hard on yourself lad. There is no way that this moment of misjudgement is going to stop him challenging for the crown.  For those of you who don’t know, he snapped his steering after colliding with Felipe Massa on the opening lap.
The British superstar is still only five points off championship leader Mark Webber and a healthy 16 points in front of that pain is the backside Fernando Alonso.
Unfortunately it was the Spaniard who took maximum points on Sunday after beating reigning champion Jenson Button to second. I say unfortunately because I simply don’t like the racer that is Alonso. I think his time at McLaren was a disgrace to the sport and I was so glad that he was effectively forced out. At race time, he’s a petulant little baby in my eyes. I hope, for his own sake, that he’s not like this away from the sport!
Anyway, back to Lewis. With five races remaining and a maximum 125 points on offer, Hamilton still has every chance of taking the top spot. I would love to see a McLaren one-two (either way round) but I feel Button may struggle to overhaul both Alonso and Webber. One, definitely. Both, unlikely. However, his second place drive on Sunday will fill him with confidence for the remaining races and in a season where it’s been so open at the top, who really knows what’s likely to happen. One thing I can be sure about is that the winner will come from one of the top five of Webber, Hamilton, Alonso, Button and Sebastian Vettel. How about that for sticking my neck out hey?!
I think the McLaren’s are getting better with every race and the fact that they’re challenging for both titles despite their car being nowhere near the best says it all to me – they have the best drivers who do most with their cars.
So with five races left here’s my prediction of how it will finish:
1.    Lewis Hamilton
2.    Mark Webber
3.    Jenson Button
4.    Sebastian Vettel
5.    Fernando Alonso
Here’s hoping anyway! Bring on the Singapore Grand Prix on September 26th.

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