Brundle: Alonso not title dead cert

Sky Sports F1 expert thinks Spaniard may have to rely on inadvertent assistance from chasing pack

Last Updated: 27/08/12 10:47am

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Martin Brundle believes it is far from certain that Fernando Alonso will end the season as World Champion despite the Spaniard's current comfortable points lead.

The battle for the Drivers' Championship will recommence at Spa this weekend with Alonso more than the points equivalent of a race victory ahead of his main rivals, with his gap back to his nearest challenger Mark Webber 40 points alone.

But one potential comfort for the drivers playing catch up heading into the final nine races, however, is that on the evidence of the last race prior to the summer break at the Hungaroring, Ferrari only have the fourth-fastest car behind McLaren, Lotus and Red Bull - with the Italian team themselves having admitted that they still have plenty of work to do to improve the F2012 if they are to end the season on top.

Sky Sports F1 commentator Brundle therefore believes Alonso may well need help from elsewhere to keep his current large points lead in tact.

"I think Alonso's going to have to rely on Red Bull and McLaren and Lotus taking points off each other and he needs [Felipe] Massa to get in and help him by taking points off his main rivals," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think Alonso's obviously got a big head start points wise but I don't think it's a dead cert by any means."

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Alonso is currently on a sequence of 23 straight points finishes - a run which stretches back to the middle of last season - and will equal Michael Schumacher's nine-year-old record for consecutive points-paying results if he finishes in the top 10 at Spa on Sunday.

Speaking in London at the same promotional event ahead of last Sunday's World Endurance Championship event at Silverstone, fellow Sky F1 pundit Karun Chandhok said the Spaniard would have to sustain that run all the way through the season.

"Well he's 40 points in the lead which is a race victory, so he can afford to have one non-finish and still be in the lead," the former HRT driver said.

"But I think the way the world championship is at the moment and the way the points [system] is you just can't afford a non-finish. You have to be in there scoring points every time."

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