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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Title race wide open, says Alonso
Fernando Alonso celebrates victory in the European Grand Prix
Alonso believes any of the top four can still be champion
Fernando Alonso says the Formula One title race is still a four-way fight despite him cutting McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton's lead to two points.

Hamilton failed to score as Alonso won the European Grand Prix, while Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are more than a win adrift of Hamilton.

But Spain's reigning world champion said: "In the next seven races I'd not put money on any driver.

"Anyone can win because the races are a bit unpredictable."

606: DEBATE
Alonso has now won three races so far this season, as opposed to Hamilton's two, but the Englishman finished in the top three of the first nine races, before crashing in qualifying at the Nurburgring and finishing the race in ninth place.

But despite having had so much bad luck in one weekend, Hamilton is not worried that his early momentum has deserted him.

This knock-back does not mean I feel like giving up the fight

Kimi Raikkonen
"With seven races left there's still a long way to go," he said.

"I still feel quite positive going into the next race. I'm still leading the world championship, which I find quite amusing considering it was such a bad weekend.

"It just shows how hard everyone else is having to push to catch me up."

Raikkonen said he still believed he had a chance of winning the title, but admitted Ferrari would have to get on top of their reliability problems if they were to challenge the McLaren drivers.

"I am very disappointed," said the Finn.

"I was in a good position immediately behind Felipe and Alonso, and the car was very quick. I was convinced I could win.

"But gradually the hydraulic system began to malfunction, I began to lose time, and then I was forced to stop.

"But this knock-back does not mean I feel like giving up the fight, even if there is now one less race in which to compete.

"The gap to the leader remains the same and anything can happen in the seven remaining races.

"We have a very competitive car, but clearly we have to improve on the reliability front."



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