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Red Bull: Title fight still wide open

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Vettel holds a 36 point lead at the top (©GettyImages)
Vettel holds a 36 point lead at the top (©GettyImages).

Red Bull have insisted that the Formula 1 title fight is still wide open despite Sebastian Vettel extending his lead to 36 points.

The German won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday beating Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to become the first man to win three times this year.

But Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists that the title fight isn't over quite yet.

"I don't think you can write anybody off at this point in the championship," Horner said.

"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 finish in Canada meant that he moved ahead of Kimi Raikkonen into second place of the title standings who is now 44 points behind Vettel. Lewis Hamilton remains fourth and Red Bull's Mark Webber is fifth.

Horner believes that Raikkonen is Vettel's main challenger but still thinks that Mark Webber can still challenge his team-mate for the title. He knows it would be costly for Vettel to be complacent due to the healthy points cushion.

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."

Alonso began the Canadian Grand Prix in sixth place after a slightly disappointing qualification. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali knows his team must improve their form 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 is still thinking about winning the title and says he will only give up when he is over 80 points adrift.

"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."

 

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