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Ferrari count on 'help' from McLaren

india Updated: Jul 25, 2011 22:55 IST

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari are set to adopt a high-risk 'full attack' mode in every race as they bid, with help from a revitalised McLaren, to overhaul Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull in Formula One's world championship.

This was made clear in the wake of Sunday's sensational victory by Briton Lewis Hamilton in the German Grand Prix, the McLaren man outperforming all his rivals to record his second win this year and the 16th of his career.

Two times world champion Spaniard Alonso came home second for Ferrari, beaten by Hamilton's sheer speed and audacity, with Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber third ahead of his struggling team-mate defending champion German Vettel.

'Attack every race'
Following a string of improved results, Alonso and Ferrari now believe that they have a chance in the title race and have adopted the soccer manager's cliché of 'taking each race as it comes' as they cut into Vettel and Red Bull's huge leads.

Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali said: "What we need to do is attack every race and then, not now because it is too far away from us, later on to see what is happening in the championship.

"And the more drivers and more cars there are that can fight to win, the easier it is going to be for us to score more points and to cut the gap - which, at the moment, is still very big."

After Sunday's race, which marked the half-way mark in the 19-race season, Vettel leads with 216 points ahead of Webber on 139, Hamilton on 134 and Alonso on 130.