Formula 1: Championship Race is Too Close to Call

David HuggettContributor IOctober 21, 2010

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 21:  (L-R) F1 World Championship contenders Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes, Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari, Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing pose for a photograph during previews to the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 21, 2010 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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In the run up to the climax of the season, we have to start asking ourselves whether this could end up being the showdown of all showdowns at the final race in Abu Dhabi.

The ultimate position is still within the reach of the same five drivers, and anyone that has any interest in motor sport will be watching closely for the next four weeks.

So who is going to take this year's crown? You could say that Red Bull are already putting the champagne on ice, but then we've seen some serious mishaps during the season so far.

Have these drivers really put their differences behind them or would they stop at nothing to take the glory? With the pressure really mounting, you just can't rule out another sideswipe or overambitious move that could cost one or both of them dearly.

Then there's the villainous Alonso, running level pegging with Sebby V. He's got to be looking good.

He is so utterly aggressive, but to be fair without the rookie mistakes. Plus, he has the backing of an entire team, which RBR and Mclaren don't have. There seems to be no driver favouritism in either. This will surely give Fernando an edge as they can now use Phil Massa's car as a tester for the rest of the season.

Ultimately though, unless Alonso wins by seven clear points, his third title will be tarnished as it would be a result of the team order scandal in Germany.

And then there's Mclaren. Is there any hope? Sadly, I think they're going to have to rely on unreliability in the other two camps to have a shot.

I find myself plagued with "what ifs" right now. What if Lewis hadn't been plagued with DNFs? What if that mechanic had taken the bungs out of Jenson's car in Monaco? What if Sebby hadn't stuck his car in the side of him in Spa?

That's racing, sure, but it doesn't make it any less of a bitter pill to swallow for them.

All that is certain now is that the final trio of events are going to be epic, especially as Korea is a new track for everybody. Despite the most likely outcomes at this stage, I still think this could go to any of the above.

Good luck lads, don't get scared now.

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