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Lowe: It’s still all to play for

10 October 2012

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe insists that McLaren can still take the F1 title despite failing to win either of the last two races.

The team enjoyed a fine end to the European leg of the season with three successive wins, but then missed out on a win in Singapore when Lewis Hamilton retired with a gearbox issue and also in Japan where it had to settle for fourth and fifth on race day.

Despite Fernando Alonso failing to finish, lead McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is still 42 points away from the championship lead while McLaren has dropped to 41 points behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship.

Lowe however insists that all is not lost when it comes to the title race, with the way in which Sebastian Vettel close on Alonso in Japan showing that anything can still happen through the remaining races this season.

"You've only got to look how Vettel has gained on Alonso just on the last two races," he told Sky Sports News. "There are a lot of points on the table: forty three if you get a one-two. That's been very elusive for us.

"But if we can do that, even if the other guys get third and fourth, that is a very big points haul."

Red Bull's impressive pace in Japan saw Vettel and Mark Webber lock out front row of the grid for the first time this year.

However, team boss Christian Horner said that even a repeat of that result this weekend in Korea wouldn't guarantee success, with the Yeongam circuit being one where there would be plenty of opportunity to overtake.

"The next couple of venues, here in Korea and the next race in India, have got very long straights and overtaking is going to be crucial,” he said. “There's big opportunities on kilometre-long straights so it does open up the possibility with DRS to make a passing manoeuvre.

"There is a premium on qualifying but it's not the essential factor it was a year or two ago."


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