Halfway through the season and F1 title is still wide open

There has been plenty of drama halfway through the Formula One season, and there will likely be much more during the final nine races. With a dead heat among three drivers and a fourth trailing by a point, the title is wide open, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: July 16, 2008, 11:38 AM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

It's halfway through the Formula One season and there's a virtual dead heat for the lead in the world drivers' championship.

After nine of 18 races, Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) each have 48 points. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) trails closely behind with 46 points.

"Last year it was just as close between the top three drivers [Raikkonen, Hamilton and Fernando Alonso] and there was one point separating ...

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