'It will be tough to beat Alonso' - Hamilton
21 September 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it will be extremely challenging to displace current championship leader Fernando Alonso from the top of the Drivers' standings, despite McLaren's improved form in recent races. The Briton has closed to within 37 points of his former team-mate, claiming victory in two of the last three Grands Prix.
"With great difficulty, it will be tough," Hamilton replied when asked about the possibility of overhauling Alonso before the season concludes in Brazil.
"He's had an incredible run through the year with great consistency. He would be even further ahead if he didn't have his problem (first corner accident) at Spa. He was quicker than me that weekend, so his lead would be even greater.
"He has done a great job, but I hope we can do a better job throughout the rest of the season in terms of pressure, consistency and attacking."
In the most extreme of circumstances, Hamilton could leave Singapore trailing Alonso by just 12 points. On the other hand, the latter can increase his lead to a total of 62.