Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel say Lewis Hamilton could still figure in the championship contest.
Hamilton is 42 points behind Alonso and 38 behind Vettel with five races to go.
Asked about Hamilton’s chances during the Korean Grand Prix press conference Alonso said: “I think it’s more difficult because now it’s not only one driver ahead that you need to take some points now we have two, more or less with the same points ahead and then he is back so for sure the chance for him is maybe a little bit lower.
“But if we see the form of McLaren and Lewis before Suzuka, still plenty of time and plenty of points to do it. So I think they still have the possibility.”
Vettel believes the performance of McLaren’s car will keep Hamilton in contention: “I think they are still in fighting for the championship I think that’s what is their target or has to be their target.
“I think if you look at the races we’ve had after the summer break so far I think if you summed them up in average I think that McLaren was the most competitive car. So they are the ones that will be very competitive no matter where we go, at least that’s what the last couple of races show. So I think they still have a very good chance.”
In the four races since the summer break Vettel has scored 68 points, Hamilton 35 and Alonso 30.
2012 Korean Grand Prix
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