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Lewis Hamilton excited by five-way battle for F1 title

Mark Webber wins the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix in 90 seconds

Lewis Hamilton says he is excited by the intense competition for the Formula 1 drivers' championship - with five men in contention to win the title.

The top five drivers are separated by 20 points going into the summer break with Red Bull's Mark Webber in top spot after he won the Hungarian Grand Prix.

McLaren's Hamilton told his website: "We'll resume as if it's the start of the year, with everything to play for.

"None of the top three teams are really behind on points. That's exciting!"

With seven races to go, Hamilton has 157 points, four points behind Webber, while Webber's team-mate Sebastein Vettel is third on 151 points, McLaren's Jenson Button is fourth on 147 and Ferrari's fifth-placed driver Fernando Alonso is on 141 points.

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Prior to Hungary, Hamilton had led the championship since the eighth race of the season in Canada after collecting back-to-back wins in Istanbul and Montreal but the 25-year-old has not topped the podium since.

A transmission problem forced him to retire in Hungary but the 2008 world champion is confident McLaren can still be competitive.

"I know we can come back even stronger in the final seven races," said Hamilton.

"We have some very promising developments in the pipeline, and we're making progress in lots of other areas, too.

"We have dug deep before, and I know absolutely that we will dig deep once more."

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see also
Webber seals vital win in Hungary
01 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hungarian Grand Prix in 90 seconds
02 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
'Sleeping' Vettel left frustrated
01 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton defiant on title hopes
31 Jul 10 |  Formula 1

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