10th of June 2013 Author: Glo Wood
Team Red Bull say the Formula 1 title fight is still wide open, even though their star driver Sebastian Vettel extended his lead to 36 points after the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend. The German driver beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso into second and became the first F1 driver to win three races this season.
But team boss Christian Horner thinks nothing is secured as yet: "I don't think you can write anybody off at this point in the championship. Our focus is on trying to do the best we can. Then the championship tables tend to take care of themselves."
Alonso's second place moved him up into second position in the title standings off the lead ahead of Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, who is now 44 points behind Vettel. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton remains fourth, 55 points behind Vettel while Red Bull's Mark Webber is fifth, 63 points adrift.
Horner said: "Ultimately you can't write-off Kimi; he could quite easily put a run of race results together as could Lewis. And Mark could get himself back in the championship as well. While the points look healthy at the moment... you can't afford any complacency. The margins can rapidly be eroded."
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says his team has to do better in qualifying. "Unfortunately, easy to say and difficult to do. That's the key point," he said. "We have seen the performance during the race is very good. Sebastian did an incredible race but when you have such a strong qualifying you can have this kind of situation. If you start behind you are not able to attack and second is the maximum we could have done."
Alonso says he will only consider the fight for the title over if he is at least 80 points behind Vettel. "That will be a very critical situation, which is more than three races," the Spaniard said. "In the last six or eight years, there were people recovering from more than 30 points on the old points system, which is three races, so it's 75 or 80 points. So hopefully we're not going to arrive to that number."
Here are the odds at Bet365 for the top five favourites to win this season's F1 Drivers' Championship:
Sebastian Vettel - 4/9
Fernando Alonso - 11/4
Kimi Raikkonen - 14/1
Lewis Hamilton - 20/1
Nico Rosberg - 66/1
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