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Whitmarsh: It's been easy for Seb

McLAREN team principal Martin Whitmarsh has conceded to making it all too easy of late for Sebastian Vettel as he closes in on his third consecutive world title.

McLaren may have equalled a new benchmark in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix as they brought a car home in the points for the 55th successive time, but that has done nothing for their title hopes.

For the fourth straight season McLaren will end it empty-handed as neither Lewis Hamilton -- barring the mother of all miracles -- nor Jenson Button can win the drivers' crown, whilst Red Bull can wrap up the constructors' this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

For the Woking-based marque, nothing has gone right since Hamilton retired from the Singapore Grand Prix with a gearbox failure.

From that moment Vettel has led every single lap -- now 204 -- and has taken four consecutive wins to edge 13 points clear of Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari with three races remaining.

Assessing why Vettel and Red Bull have suddenly taken a stranglehold, Whitmarsh said: "They've a fast car, a driver who is consistent and the team has been doing a good job. But we have made it all too easy for him. In India, for instance, we needed to get up there and give him a harder time at the start."