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Hamilton planning steady erosion of Alonso points lead

After his Hungarian GP win, Lewis Hamilton insists that, slowly but surely, he can eat into Fernando Alonso's F1 championship lead.
Lewis Hamilton is refusing to give up on his ambitions of adding a second F1 world title to the crown he took in 2008, insisting that he can continue to chip away at Fernando Alonso's current advantage.

The Briton secured a maximum 25-point haul from the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading from start to finish after dominating in qualifying, while Alonso could only manage a solid fifth as he attempted to limit the potential damage to his hard-earned lead. While closest current rival Mark Webber trailed the Ferrari across the line after a strategy call failed to pay off, Hamilton was able to shave 15 points from the gap to the leader, closing to within 47 points with nine races remaining after the forthcoming summer break.

The win was a boost to Hamilton's chances, particularly coming just a week after he claimed that a DNF in Germany was the 'biggest dent' he could have taken in his bid for glory. Despite concerns over Ferrari's F2012 at the start of the campaign, Alonso has yet to post a retirement and includes a season-leading three wins amongst eleven straight points finishes. His advantage over Webber extended to 40 points after the Hungaroring event, with second to fifth now covered by just eight points as the season continues to produce unexpected results, with Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean completing the podium behind Hamilton.

The Briton, meanwhile, admitted that closing the gap could be a slow process, but insists that he is not giving up just yet.

"This weekend shows that it's all to play for still," he stressed, "[There were] not enough points taken from Fernando, as he still got ten points, but, bit by bit, if we can continue with this kind of performance, we can slowly catch him."

Despite the latest raft of developments having returned McLaren to the front - Hamilton's victory came a week after team-mate Jenson Button challenged Alonso for top spot in Germany - the Briton insists that the team cannot afford to rest during the remaining four months of competition.

"We know we need consistency and we need to improve the car still in many areas, and that, I'm sure, we will do," Hamilton concluded, "The team is doing a fantastic job. We've now got the quickest pit-stops - or usually the quickest pit-stops - [and] today I got the best start I've had all year. This is a really good stepping stone for us, especially after the difficult races we've had over the last three tough races, [and] it's great to come and end the summer on this high."



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29.07.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 leads Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
29.07.2012- Race, Start of the race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
29.07.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
29.07.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race winner
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Executive Chairman
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, The mechanics Ferrari bring the car of Fernando Alonso (ESP) to the pit lane
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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nonbias - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:23 AM

congratulations on equaling Senna's 3 wins hear and great craft and skill shown yesterday in keeping not one but two faster lotus cars at bay yesterday a Stellar drive from Mclarens best driver.

Pole Position - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:59 PM

Yes, there's still a lot to play for. But, right now u are a long shot. I knew that stupid incident with Maldonado in Valencia would come back to haunt him. Contending drivers for the WDC cannot afford not to score any points. Like Alonso yesterday he knew his car wasn't competitive enough and had no chance of a win. But, he still came away with valuable points. The key is consistency and limiting the damage as much as possible. That's why I consider Alonso the best driver in F1. He hardly ever make stupid mistakes.



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