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Vettel's Suzuka victory moves him to within touching distance at the top

Tight at the top as championship nears climax

Posted Oct 14, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up

Sebastian Vettel

My, hasn’t it got interesting at the top of the drivers’ championship in this year’s Formula One! Three races remain and three drivers are closely bunched at the top of the standings following last weekend’s Suzuka GP in Japan.
Sebastian Vettel’s victory on Sunday has propelled him to within 14 points of teammate Mark Webber who currently leads with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on the same points as German Vettel.
At Suzuka it finished Vettel, Webber, Alonso with the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton some way back in fourth and fifth.
Until this point, I had felt that Hamilton and Button could force their way to title success but it appears that the McLaren car is just too slow when in a race with the Red Bull and Ferrari.
These three teams are some way ahead of the rest of the field but it’s the Red Bulls who have the strongest car and who have had all season. Had they converted their pole positions into victories, there’s no doubt in my mind that they would be miles clear at the top and the title race would already be over.
But as we head into the Korean GP next weekend, there are only three left to challenge for the coveted drivers’ crown.
And with the way results have gone recently, it is impossible to say who will walk away with the title. I had been tipping Hamilton to make a late charge and regain the championship he won in 2008 but with him seemingly out of the picture, I now believe it will, and I say this with great displeasure, go to Alonso and Ferrari.
The Spaniard is the form man at the minute and if he can continue this form then I don’t believe the others will be able to live with him. The Red Bulls were tipped to be miles ahead of the rest of the field on Sunday yet, and with the help of a safety car, Alonso was only 2.7 seconds behind as they crossed the line.
His ability and the fact Ferrari appear to have got the car firing makes me believe that he will be the one to win the title – the third of his career.

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