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Alonso wins to narrow gap

McLaren's Fernando Alonso is now within reach of team-mate Lewis Hamilton after his first win at Monza at the Italian F1 Grand Prix.

After the Ferraris dominated the last race in Turkey, this time it was McLaren's turn for a one-two. Alonso knows he has to finish ahead of Hamilton in order to retain his title and he managed to do just that and has now reduced the deficit to just three points.

Hamilton came second but for him I think the most important thing is that he is still in front and with four races to go he also needs to make sure he finishes ahead of Alonso to increase that gap but it looks like this will go all the way to the last race.

A retirement or two can change the whole complex of the title race and Ferrari's Felipe Massa knows about it after retiring after just nine laps due to a suspension problem. I think Ferraris need to match the reliability of the McLaren in order to compete with them or else they will just play second fiddle.

Massa's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium after starting fifth on the grid and is now eighteen points behind Hamilton. On paper his chances are now very slim but at least he is still in with a chance.

The BMW Sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica maintained their now familiar positions just outside the podium coming fourth and fifth respectively. I am waiting for the time when they can actually challenge for the podium places and make races even more exciting.

It was another good race for Williams with Nico Rosberg finishing fifth ahead of Renault's Heikki Kovalainen. I think Renault has been very dissapoining this season and especially Giancarlo Fisichella who could only finish twelfth this time.

To complete the points places was Jenson Button with a rare point for Honda for him to score only his second point this season.

Mark Webber had a good race but there was nothing he could have done to catch Button and so had to finish just ahead of another Honda of Rubens Barrichello.

The last European race will be next at Spa next week and with a one week turn around I would imagine Ferrari have a lot to think about in the coming if they want the title to head their way.

From an Australian perspective, I am also keen to see whether Channel 10 would rather show Rugby World Cup live than a F1 race again.

Alonso must have wished that Kimi had finished second instead of Hamilton. He must be enjoying himself now that he is within striking distance of Hamilton and there must be some more dream coming in the next four races.

Derek, I think after Spa it will be a lot clearer to see where Alonso and Hamilton stand in terms of the championship but if Alonso can reduce the point gap to 1, then I wont be surprised to see him retain his championship.

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