Red Bull rivalry could help McLaren

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Things have not been going well for Formula One team McLaren in recent weeks. They have had to watch their main rivals Red Bull gain more ground in the championship standings, while they have fallen further and further behind.

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Sebastian Vettel reignited his title hopes, when he picked up a win a week at the Japanese Grand Prix over the weekend.

Vettel's partner Mark Webber is still top of the table, coming in second place behind his German team-mate.

With only three races left to go in the 2010 season, Vettel is now 14 points behind the Australian driver.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who had all the momentum going into the race in Japan, could  only manage a third place finish. The Spaniard is now sandwiched between the Red Bull pair and McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton had once been favourite to win the title earlier in the season, but a succession of unfinished races has seen the young British driver slip far behind his competitors.

The 2008 world champion managed to finish his most recent race, but could not secure a podium finish, leaving him fourth in the championship.

Despite this, Ex-Formula One driver John Watson believes that the rivalry between the two Red Bull drivers could serve to help the struggling McLaren pair in the closing stages of the competiton.

"I'm concerned by the internal machinations between the Red Bull drivers.” said Watson.

"That's going to be the biggest ray of light for Hamilton and Button."

However, Watson did go on to concede that Red Bull would continue to have the upper hand, he said: "Red Bull have the momentum, the most competitive car and it will be competitive on all three circuits.”

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