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Domenicali predicts three-way fight for drivers' title

ESPN Staff
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Stefano Domenicali sees the top three in qualifying in Canada fighting it out for the title © Sutton Images

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali thinks this year's title race will evolve into a three-way battle between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

The trio are currently split by three points at the top of the standings, but with seven different winners from seven races, form has been very difficult to predict. Nevertheless, Domenicali thinks the battle for the championship is starting to shape up and he suspects the current top three will be the main protagonists.

"I think at the end of the day, looking at the championship, it's going to be a fight between Sebastian Lewis and Fernando. That's what I feel," he said after the Canadian Grand Prix. "Maybe because everyone is thinking one thing before the race and another after, maybe after Valencia it will be different. But honestly I think the championship could evolve into a fight between the first three drivers."

Alonso was leading the championship heading into the Canadian Grand Prix, but after dropping from second to fifth on a one-stop strategy in the race, he lost out on eight potential championship points and slipped to second. Although Ferrari defended its strategy, Domenicali admitted the car was capable of scoring more points.

"Today the race was disappointing for myself because we didn't bring back the points that the car should have brought back," he said. "So this is the bitter pill that we have in Canada today, but on the other side we should be happy that the car is once again competitive and the most important thing is that the championship is completely open. Hamilton is leading but Alonso is second by two points and there are many races to go. The only thing is to keep pushing and put the performance on the car and up to the moment that we are qualifying on pole position we cannot be happy."

After a significant upgrade to the Ferrari in Canada, Domenicali said the next step was to put the car on pole.

"We will bring new updates for Valencia. The first objective is not to fight for pole position as we did here but to be able to take a pole position after such a long time. Of course there will be another evolution but I'm sure the others will do the same so it's a matter to see how the package is performing on the track and that will make the difference."