F1: Hamilton in five man fight for world title following Italian Grand Prix result

12 September, 2010 - 20:28
Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]


FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton is in a five man battle for the 2010 FIA World Drivers’ Championship following his retirement from the Italian Grand Prix.

2010 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship

Championship standings after Italian Grand Prix

1 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 187 points

2 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) 182

3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 166

4 Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes) 165

5 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 163

6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 124

The 25-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver failed to last a lap in Italy today (Sunday) and saw his slender lead in the title race wiped out as a result.

The Herts-born 2008 F1 world champion started in Monza three points clear of Red Bull rival Mark Webber in the title standings.

Despite only finishing sixth, Webber is now five points ahead of Hamilton going into the final five flyaway races of the season, starting with the night-time Singapore Grand Prix on September 26.

A DNF in Monza was the last thing Hamilton needed with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button – who was second in Italy – all hot on his wheels in the race for the drivers’ crown.

After crashing out on the opening lap at Monza, Hamilton said: “Today was a shame, and I want to say sorry to the team.

“But the championship certainly isn’t over – although I have to admit that days like today don’t help.

“The good thing is that Jenson [Button] scored a nice lot of points for us. Now, though, I’m already fully focused on Singapore.”

Following Alonso’s win in Monza for Ferrari, the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships are as close as they have been all year.

Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Just 24 points – the equivalent of one race win – separates the top five title challengers, while Red Bull are just three points ahead of McLaren Mercedes in the team championship.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh said: “It’s still tight, and that’s fantastic. We are in for a very exciting championship.

“We’ve just got to go on now, we’ve got another race ahead of us which we’ve got to try and win, as simple as that.”

Bookmakers William Hill make Webber the new 7/4 favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship, with Hamilton priced at 3/1. Alonso and Vettel are priced at 4/1.

Red Bull are the 4/7 favourites to win the constructors’ title, with McLaren (17/10) and Ferrari (17/2) the only other contenders for the crown.

“There have been many twists and turns in this year’s Drivers’ Championship, with five different favourites throughout the course of the season,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

“Usually with five races to go, we have an odds on favourite, but for five drivers to be in with a shout of winning, every point is vital.”

William Hill F1 Odds:

Drivers’ Championship Outright: 7/4 Webber; 3/1 Hamilton; 4/1 Alonso; 4/1 Vettel; 10/1 Button.

Constructors’ Championship Outright: 4/7 Red Bull; 17/10 McLaren; 17/2 Ferrari.

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