Can Vettel Be Caught? Analysing Title Hopes of Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton

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Can Vettel Be Caught? Analysing Title Hopes of Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton
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It is often said that a year is an eternity in Formula One, and so the 2013 title race is proving.

This time 12 months ago, Fernando Alonso held a 37-point lead over Italian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton, whose victory had elevated him above Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

At this stage of the 2012 season, Vettel had one win to his name and while Raikkonen had yet to triumph, Alonso and Hamilton had three times taken the flag first each.

Yet it was Vettel who went on to triumph. And there are lessons to be learned from the 2012 run in, which can be applied to form a murky (at best) picture on what the remainder of 2013 will look like.

Here’s a hint: For Vettel, things look good. But are the title hopes of his rivals all-but-mathematically over?

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