by Rob Wilkins

Red Bull Racing's David Coulthard has rubbished suggestions that it is getting tougher for Lewis Hamilton as the battle for the 2007 drivers' title moves into its final stage.

Speaking exclusively to Radio, while promoting his recently released autobiography It Is What It Is at London's Pole Position World of Motorsport store on Monday, the Scot added that, if Lewis uses his McLaren well, then he will come out top.

"It is not any more difficult [for Lewis] with four races to go than it was to get in front of him in the first four races," DC stated, "He just needs to use the tools more effectively than Fernando [Alonso] and he will win the championship.

"A lot of people are saying that, because the gap is closing, Fernando is using his experience and things like that. But that is just the way races go. Fernando was unlucky with reliability earlier this season, unlucky with a red flag situation in Canada, unlucky with the penalty in Budapest and all of those things add up. Let's wait and see."

For the record, with just four races to go, including this coming weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis' advantage is now down to just three points but, with 40 points still up for grabs, the title race is still very much wide open.

One thing that could affect all of that though and turn everything on its head is the World Motor Sport Council spy hearing on Thursday - and what might happen to McLaren there is anyone's guess.

"I obviously have no idea what new evidence is going to be produced and what the cross-examination is going to be," Coulthard added, "But the rumour is McLaren will lose constructors' points if they are found to have had information regarding the Ferrari car and the organisation for a bit longer than they suggested.

"I simply don't know what the outcome is going to be, but I do know that, having spent nine years with McLaren, they have never tried to seek the unfair advantage. They have always just tried to exploit the rules to the maximum."




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