Title race wide open: Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali

Although Spaniard Alonso of Ferrari extended his lead in the drivers’ title race after finishing third in Sunday’s Italian GP, Domenicali admitted he was wary of the threat posed by both drivers.

Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali

Hamilton, champion in 2008, secured McLaren’s third win on the bounce moving him to second in the standings, while Lotus’ Raikkonen finished fifth bumping him up to third.

That meant Hamilton is now just 37 points behind Alonso in the drivers’ title race with Raikkkonen just one point further adrift despite having not won a race.

“I have to respect all of them,” said Domenicali, “I always said Kimi step-by-step is a dangerous driver, and he is getting closer and closer. Hamilton, with the car he has now, is very, very strong and we have seen in the last few races that anything can happen. So all the drivers that are in the top five/six need to be taken very seriously.”

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