Alonso and Vettel not discounting Hamilton

2012 Korean Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Korea, 2012Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel say Lewis Hamilton could still figure in the championship contest.

Hamilton is 42 points behind Alonso and 38 behind Vettel with five races to go.

Asked about Hamilton’s chances during the Korean Grand Prix press conference Alonso said: “I think it’s more difficult because now it’s not only one driver ahead that you need to take some points now we have two, more or less with the same points ahead and then he is back so for sure the chance for him is maybe a little bit lower.

“But if we see the form of McLaren and Lewis before Suzuka, still plenty of time and plenty of points to do it. So I think they still have the possibility.”

Vettel believes the performance of McLaren’s car will keep Hamilton in contention: “I think they are still in fighting for the championship I think that’s what is their target or has to be their target.

“I think if you look at the races we’ve had after the summer break so far I think if you summed them up in average I think that McLaren was the most competitive car. So they are the ones that will be very competitive no matter where we go, at least that’s what the last couple of races show. So I think they still have a very good chance.”

In the four races since the summer break Vettel has scored 68 points, Hamilton 35 and Alonso 30.

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60 comments on Alonso and Vettel not discounting Hamilton

  1. Bobby Balboa (@bobby-balboa) said on 11th October 2012, 16:33

    I think people are reading too much into this. The way I see it is:

    It doesn’t matter if any driver takes a lead in the championship as long as it is under 25 points because then all it takes is the leader to not finish the race & Mr 24 points behind in 2nd to win & we have a new leader of the championship again.

    How many WDC have been won by a few points? More than enough to say that if the lead doesn’t get to be more than a race win in front then we still have a championship to play for.

    Massa & his Dad were convinced they were world champions in Brazil back in 08 until Ham overtook Glock on the last corner of the last lap.

    In the words of the great man “Anything can happen in F1 & it usually does”

    Don’t write off the season too early, you may be surprised

  2. when Lewis loses the race superfans say “a dog of a car”, when he wins he is “superb”, right? but in Vettel’s case (especially this year when things haven’t been perfect) he wins and it’s “boredom”, his car stops completely as in Valencia and iis “masterpiece from Alonso”. If drivers were faceless and cars were all SILVER i would hear better opinions about the current DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPION

    • Bobby Balboa (@bobby-balboa) said on 11th October 2012, 23:14

      Do you not agree that the McLaren at the start of the 09 season was “a dog of a car” that was before he even started the season. McLaren knew it & so did everyone else from there testing pace pre season.

      If he makes a mistake, crashes, gets crashed into then I don’t know anyone that would blame that on the car because with the post race analysis these days you would clearly see that he has made a mistake.

      People hated Schumacher when he was dominating F1 now it’s Vettels turn so I don’t know what the big surprise is that he gets negative press.

  3. Kimi4WDC said on 11th October 2012, 23:39

    Too bad McLaren does, otherwise he would not finish behind Button in Suzuka.

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