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McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have signed off the possibility of fighting for the championship this season but Mark Webber still sees a faint glimmer at the end of the tunnel.
Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to take the championship lead from Fernando Alonso with the two extending their gap to their rivals, but the Australian isn’t giving up just yet.
“It's getting tricky now,” said Webber who finished the race in Korea in second place despite starting from pole position. “I obviously need some bizarre circumstances.
“It's clearly possible for me to win Grand Prix. You just need to get everything perfect and today I didn't, I paid the price,” he pointed out. “I can win some races before the year's out but the gap is massive to these two guys. That's the way it is.
“We have quite a few races and all the points add up at the end of the year. Of course we're all on our game, we all drive pretty well,” Webber continued. “I only smelt a little bit of tyre smoke off Seb today so I knew that that was unusual for him.
“But apart from that it was a clean Grand Prix for all of us and that's how it generally goes for us three, when we don't get smashed out by other people. It's difficult but you never never never know,” he hoped despite the 63 point deficit to the championship leader.
Kimi Raikkonen, who finished the Korean GP in fifth, too shared Webber’s outlook despite Lotus failing to match the speed of the Red Bulls and Ferraris on Sunday.
“The gap to Sebastian in the championship is quite big now so it will be very difficult to catch him, but we’ll keep pushing all the way,” said the third-placed Finn who trails the defending champion by 48 points.
Lotus too remained hopeful with its upgrades it plans to run on both its cars at the Indian Grand Prix in two weeks.
“We knew we would not be fighting for the win here," Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said after the race in Korea. "And although third position is slowly edging away from us with just four races left now we’re not ready to give up."