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Title will go to wire - Red Bull's Christian Horner

Fernando Alonso

Singapore Grand Prix in 90 seconds

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes this year's Formula 1 world title race will go all the way to a dramatic final-day decider.

The five contenders for the crown are separated by 25 points with four races remaining in this see-saw season.

Red Bull's Mark Webber tops the table, 11 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who won in Singapore on Sunday.

"The likelihood is with the quality of drivers and teams involved it will go down to the wire," said Horner.

"I sincerely hope it doesn't and I sincerely hope it is one of our guys who ties it up before that."

While Webber remains favourite to lift the title after his third-place finish on Sunday, he is being chased hard by Alonso - who has won the last two races in Singapore and Italy - and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who is a further nine points adrift.

Red Bull team principle Christian Horner

Hamilton was too aggressive - Horner

Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who finished second in Singapore, and McLaren's reigning world champion Jenson Button are also in contention, 21 and 25 points behind the Australian respectively.

The omens are good for Red Bull for the remainder of the season as last year they were victorious in Japan, Brazil and Abu Dhabi - which comprise three of the four remaining races this season, along with the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

However, Horner dismissed the relevance of this.

"The pace of development is so fast in F1 that we are going two seconds a lap quicker than this time last year," said Horner.

"So it will all be about who develops the most efficiently between now and the end of the year, and we will be pushing very hard at each of the remaining four races.

"But just because we have won a couple of them previously does not guarantee anything. It's reassuring, but almost irrelevant."

Alonso gave further evidence that he will pose the strongest challenge to Red Bull's hopes of securing this year's drivers' title with his fourth win of the season on Sunday - the 25th victory of his career.

Ferrari have closed the gap on Red Bull after having made series of improvements to their car throughout the season.

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"Ferrari have made up the gap," stated Horner on Sunday. "Let's not forget that Fernando and Sebastian were a second and a half quicker at different stages in the race than the McLarens.

"They [McLaren] pulled out an entire pit-stop in hand pretty much to be ahead of them.

"There was a big performance difference today. But as I said before the weekend, Ferrari have made a big step, they've been our closest rival, they've ultimately won the race this weekend and they have a competitive car at the moment."

Hamilton fell further behind Webber in the drivers' standings after a collision between the two at turn seven saw the Brit's race ended.

The stewards announced the incident would be investigated but concluded no further action was required.

Horner felt that Hamilton had been too aggressive in his approach to the corner.

"You can see on the replay, Lewis has got ahead but Mark still has the inside line, he closes him aggressively and contact was inevitable," added Horner.

"I don't know whether Mark was supposed to vanish or not but in our mind it was too aggressive, it was a racing incident and the stewards did the responsible thing."



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see also
Flawless Alonso wins in Singapore
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Title will be tough says Hamilton
26 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore Grand Prix race results
24 Feb 10 |  Results
Singapore Grand Prix as it happened
26 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore qualifying as it happened
25 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton slates Singapore changes
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso is main threat - Hamilton
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