All of Sebastian Vettel’s title rivals have all but given up hopes on challenging for the 2011 championship crown.
This comes after a crushing victory for the German, slicing past Fernando Alonso in the early stages and dominating the race from there.
Teammate Mark Webber, who has barely led a lap this year, never mind win a race, was the first to concede the title:
"I think we're all battling for second now. Seb needs to have a very, very
incredibly disappointing finish to the season for anyone to take the
championship off him at this point.
He's in a great position. He's done a great job. And clearly the car was good
today, so it was a missed opportunity for me."
Fernando Alonso was next up, stating that the title was well out of reach:
"Sure, it would have been fantastic to do the double after 2010, but we must
stay cool and concentrate and try to reach targets that are within our reach:
today we did just that. It’s true the title has gone now, but there is still
great motivation: we want to win races and try to defend the position I have
just reached in the drivers’ championship."
Lewis Hamilton was more blunt with his statement, saying: “I doubt it’s still possible to beat Sebastian for the title, but we’ll keep pushing.”
Vettel has a 112-point lead over Fernando Alonso, and a 117-point lead over Button and Webber, with Hamilton a further 9 points adrift. There are 150 points up for grabs in the final 6 races of the season.
In order to win the championship at the next round in Singapore, Vettel must win the race, with Fernando Alonso 4th or lower.