McLaren Boss Martin Whitmarsh claims Brits still in Title Race
According to Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal of McLaren, both of the British drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are still in the race for the 2010 Formula One Championship title and he said that it would be unwise to write them off.
Only three races remain: those at Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Hamilton is 28 points adrift of the championship leader Mark Webber and Button trails by a further three points. Thus, with 25 points being awarded for a win, mathematically it is quite possible for one of the Brits to win the title, but on the other hand it is difficult to see how the McLaren cars can compete with the awesome speed of the Red Bulls.
It seems that Whitmarsh is backing the pressure and chaos theory which, given the strange endings to previous F1 seasons which saw Hamilton gain the championship on the final bend of the final race, and one time losing it by driving into a gravel trap rather than the pit lane, is a reasonable theory to back.
The end of the season is likely to be a pressure cauldron which will favour the calm and the cool. Unfortunately Hamilton still frequently loses his cool and coolness is not a word that could be associated with Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel, the other contenders. However the rock steady Australian Mark Webber is cooler than ice as is our own Jenson Button.
Do the bookmakers share Whitmarsh’s sentiments? It seems not; the best odds on Button claiming the title are 66/1 with Extra Bet and the odds on Hamilton are 28/1. Mark Webber of Red Bull is the favourite at 13/10.