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TITLE CHALLENGE OVER: Lewis Hamilton

AFTER A brave drive on his home circuit, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton could only manage fourth place in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone today.

Fernando Alonso took Ferrari's first win of 2011 with a stunning drive at a thrilling British Grand Prix.

The Spaniard took the lead following a pit-stop problem for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel but the Ferrari had genuine race-winning pace.

Vettel was left to fend off team-mate Mark Webber, who was told to hold position by team boss Christian Horner.

Hamilton had come alive, at one point brilliantly surging past Button, avoiding any impact on this occasion that would have led to further condemnation. His season has been blighted by scrapes with race stewards this term.

A mistake on lap four, however, did materialise as he attempted to pass Massa around the outside of Brooklands, only to run wide onto a new run-off area where in years previously there had been gravel.

Vettel now commands an 80-point cushion at the top of the standings over his Australian team mate.

Hamilton’s title bid is now almost over. The former champion now has just 109 points compared to Vettel’s 205.

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