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Lewis Hamilton predicts tense Formula 1 title run-in

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in Spa

Highlights - Hamilton wins in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton believes the world title fight remains wide open despite himself and Mark Webber starting to pull clear at the top of the standings.

McLaren driver Hamilton won Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix to go three points clear of Webber and 31 ahead of Sebastian Vettel, both of Red Bull.

McLaren's Jenson Button is 35 points back, with Fernando Alonso of Ferrari 41 points off the pace.

"I still think the championship is open," said Hamilton.

"Obviously we want to make sure that that's not the case after another few races."

Hamilton's superb performance in changing conditions at Spa-Francorchamps saw him re-take the lead from Webber in the drivers' championship.

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And with Vettel, Button and Alonso all failing to score a point in Belgium, Hamilton and Webber appear to have the initiative going into the final stages of the season.

But with six races remaining and some 150 points still up for grabs, the Briton is predicting more twists and turns before November's finale in Abu Dhabi.

"You've seen in the last few races how quickly things can change, so we still have a long way to go. There are still many points to be grabbed by any of us drivers who are fighting for the championship," said Hamilton.

The British driver's victory, the 14th of his career, was achieved after surging past Webber off the line and the Australian now believes Hamilton is the man to beat.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton delighted after 'incredible' win

"I think if you beat Lewis in the championship you are doing very well," said the Red Bull driver.

Meanwhile, Alonso is refusing to concede defeat despite seeing his chances take a dive in Belgium.

The two-time world champion crashed out in the wet on lap 39 after struggling following a first lap collision with Rubens Barrichello.

"For us it is still a possibility," Alonso said. "There are the same five drivers that can win and our chance is still 50-50, just as it was before the race.

"As we said before this GP there were seven races, and now there are six, where everything matters and who does the best job will be champion.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali

Alonso is still in title race - Domenicali

"In the first of the seven we did not do well enough and some others did better. Jenson [Button], [Sebastian] Vettel and me, after this first race of seven, were not good enough. So for the remaining six we need to make up the ground that we lost here."

Ferrari's pursuit of the constructors' championship also suffered in Spa with Felipe Massa notching their only points in fourth place.

But the team are taking heart both from the fact that the next race is their home grand prix in Italy on 12 September, and also their good memories of the 2007 season, when Kimi Raikkonen made up 17 points on Hamilton in the season's last two races to become champion.

"This weekend definitely did not end well for us and the situation in both championships is certainly more difficult, but it is still not impossible for us to reach our targets," said Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali.

"For those with short memories, I remember that three years ago, we found ourselves in a much worse situation and we all know how it went in the end."



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see also
Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton hails 'phenomenal' win
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Button blames 'confused' Vettel
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull 'may have to prioritise'
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Belgian GP as it happened
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix race results
24 Feb 10 |  Results
Belgian Grand Prix photos
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1


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