Andretti: 2013 title race not over yet
5 September 2013 – Former World Champion Mario Andretti says there is still plenty to play for as the 2013 title battle enters its final eight races, despite the fact that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel holds a comfortable 46-point lead over Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso.
Vettel, bidding for a fourth consecutive Drivers' crown, finds himself in a commanding position in the wake of his recent Belgian Grand Prix victory, but a total of 200 points remain up for grabs before the curtain comes down on the season in November.
And with this situation in mind, 1978 title-winner Andretti has refused to rule out the likes of the aforementioned Alonso and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fighting back.
"Obviously there's incredible momentum behind Sebastian so far, but it's not a given. Nobody has given up," Andretti told GPUpdate.net during an exclusive interview. "I think the resurgence of Mercedes, with Lewis giving it new vitality, is a good thing.
"A lot of things are starting to heat up as the season comes to a close."
Looking ahead to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Andretti has tipped his former Ferrari squad to find a new level of performance in front of its home crowd.
"You expect Ferrari to shine there," explained Andretti, who added his name to the Monza winners' list with Lotus in 1977. "Somehow, they usually elevate themselves when it comes to Monza. So it's going to be interesting to see how that develops."