Martin Brundle says despite his "big head start" in the Championship, Fernando Alonso is by no means guaranteed this year's World title.
with nine races and a total of 225 points to play for, Alonso, the only driver with three wins to his name, is leading this year's hunt by 40 over his nearest rival.
However, the battle behind the Ferrari driver is intense with Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen separated by just eight points.
But while his 40 points by no means guarantee Alonso a third World title, Brundle reckons if the chasing pack - together with his team-mate Felipe Massa - take points off each other, the Spaniard's run to the title will be made easier.
"I think Alonso's going to have to rely on Red Bull and McLaren and Lotus taking points off each other and he needs (Felipe) Massa to get in and help him by taking points off his main rivals," Brundle told Sky Sports News.
"I think Alonso's obviously got a big head start points wise but I don't think it's a dead cert by any means."