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After a dominant win by Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has now switched his focus to beat Fernando Alonso and Ferrari in the championship this season.
The Mercedes driver was in contention for the title this year, particularly after his maiden victory with the German manufacturer in Hungary, but after three successive wins for Vettel, the Briton was forced to re-evaluate his targets this season.
Hamilton is now 96 points behind the Red Bull driver in the standings in third - after he finished fifth in Singapore – realistically erasing hopes of upstaging the German.
"That's gone out of the window," the 2008 world champion was quoted saying by Reuters when asked about his title hopes this year.
But with Alonso just 36 points ahead in second place, it has given Hamilton something to aim for in the remaining six races of the season.
"We'll just try and catch Fernando somehow. He's ahead a few points, try and beat Ferrari and just ride the wave that we're on,” he said. "We're on a good wave generally as a team for the year, much better than what they had last year, so I'm happy I could contribute. Let's try and get the Ferraris."
In the constructors’ championship, Red Bull is miles ahead of its rivals but there’s still everything to play for in the battle for the runners-up badge.
Ferrari is currently second, just seven points ahead of Mercedes.