F1: Hamilton ‘needs good’ Brazilian Grand Prix result
PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:55 07 November 2010
LEWIS Hamilton knows he has to realistically win the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix to stand any chance of reclaiming the Formula 1 world title.
With just two grands prix left – next Sunday’s Brazilian race at Interlagos and the following week’s Abu Dhabi day-night event – and 50 points up for grabs, every position is vital as the season reaches a fascinating climax.
Five drivers could still mathematically take the trophy – championship leader Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, who is now a rank outsider for the crown.
Hamilton, the Herts-born F1 driver, is currently third in the title standings, 21 points behind Ferrari pacesetter Alonso.
The 25-year-old McLaren Mercedes star’s title hopes rest on a knife-edge. If he fails to finish around the famous Sao Paulo circuit and Ferrari driver Alonso crosses the line in the top eight, Hamilton’s title dream is over.
"We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we’ll have a decent package that should work well."
However, a Hamilton victory in Brazil and an Alonso non-finish and another poor result from the Red Bull pair, would put the Tewin F1 hero in the driving seat.
Lewis said: “I know the world championship is figuring in everybody’s thoughts at the moment, but I’m not thinking about it too much: I need to get a good result in Brazil to take the fight to Abu Dhabi, so that’s my priority.
“Whatever happens, it’s going to be a very tight battle.”
Defending world champion Button is 42 points adrift of Alonso but hasn’t given up hope yet.
FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship
1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 231 points
2 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 220
3 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 210
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 206
5 Jenson Button (McLaren) 189
“Given the points situation, I know that I face an uphill struggle to hold on to the world title, but I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got to stay in contention,” said Button.
“I fought hard to become the 2009 world champion, and I won’t give up my title without a fight.”
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh is looking to finish top in both the drivers’ standings and the constructors’ championship.
Whitmarsh said: “We go to Brazil, and then on to Abu Dhabi, still determined to wrest both world championships. Lewis is well-placed in the drivers’ championship. While Jenson lies 42 points adrift, he has vowed to fight on.
FIA Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship
1 Red Bull 426 points
2 McLaren Mercedes 399
3 Ferrari 374
4 Mercedes GP 188
November 7: Brazilian Grand Prix
November 14: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
“As the reigning world champion, and a great driver, he knows better than most that you can’t lift the title without being a resolute fighter. That’s exactly why we hired him, and we’ll be supporting him fully this weekend.
“As for the constructors’ championship, we’re only 27 points off the top spot – a very slender margin, and one that both Jenson and Lewis are convinced we can bridge by the time the chequered flag falls in Abu Dhabi.
“We’re ready for battle and working harder than ever to win both world championships.”
The 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, November 7.
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