Vettel and Alonso both worthy champions, say rivals

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Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Hockenheim, 2012Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso would both be worthy world champions whichever of them wins the title this year, according to their rivals.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Jenson Button said: “They’ve both done a fantastic job this year.

“You would say throughout the season Fernando has probably been – well, he has been, the more consistent.

“The last few races, yeah, it’s been a great job by Red Bull but also a great job by Sebastian. He’s been given the equipment and he’s delivered.

“Your don’t win Grands Prix on your own, you don’t win championships on your own. So whoever comes out on top is the driver who deserves to win it.”

Alonso’s team mate Felipe Massa said he has done “an incredible job” this year.

“Sebastian as well,” Massa added. “Especially in the second part of the championship. So I think we are not talking about one guy which has many victories, the other one not. We are talking about two drivers and one of them who win we would say he deserves it.”

“But anyway, I hope Fernando will win,” he concluded.

Daniel Ricciardo said the outcome of the title contest is not a foregone conclusion despite Vettel increasing his lead in the last race:

“I think this season’s been very hard to judge. It’s been a very exciting season and I think anything can happen. So even if it is the case that the package of Vettel, himself and the car, is better at this stage, it still doesn’t confirm a world championship. You have to get it done on Sunday and there’s still three Sundays to go and things can happen.

“I think they’ve both had a little bit of bad luck this season. I think from now they’re going to go head-to-toe. Obviously Red Bull’s been the car to beat in the last four races or so. But I think the pace is always changing and Ferrari’s obviously got some good experience and good people behind them. So I’m sure a surprise is not impossible either.

“So we’ll see what happens. It’s exciting – I’d like to be a part of it.”

But Vitaly Petrov suspects Red Bull’s performance advantage will prove decisive: “I think it’s clear for me in the moment, today, the Red Bull car has a big advantage compared to Ferrari.

This year Alonso did a fantastic, incredible job at the beginning and he have a few crashes. But we know all of us, I think, Ferrari is not in the same place as Red Bull so it will be difficult for Ferrari but Ferrari also has a lot of passion to win and they bring a lot of updates so maybe this weekend or another weekend.

“I really don’t know but what I can see at the moment is Red Bull is a quicker car, that’s it.”

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111 comments on Vettel and Alonso both worthy champions, say rivals

  1. suka (@suka) said on 2nd November 2012, 10:15

    Well back, a couple of months ago, I predicted Vettel would win it and the way he has done it, I am happy.
    Alonso, even when he was leading at the beginning of the year, insisted to have a dominant car; not just dominant at some of the tracks but most of them. He knew he would not win it if it does not happen. We surely can say that qualifying on 3rd row is not a dominant car. I guess he’s awaiting next season, again.
    I am a bit sad Hamilton is out of contention but I am also happy he did far better than last year in an up/down team called Mclaren.
    What about Kimi Raikkonen, I think he also performed above 100% considering everything.

  2. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 2nd November 2012, 17:34

    @journeyer
    That you don’t remember Japan 2007 (3rd before Hamilton’s SC braketest), China 2007 (17th to 4th), Monaco 2008 (19th to 5th) or Canada 2008 (19th to 8th), is not Vettel’s fault.

    Alonso overtook Hamilton in the pit lane due to the SC and a bad pit stop, so he was 4th in Valencia.
    As for Spa, Räikkönen, who finished behind Vettel, started ahead of 4 of the 5 drivers taken out in turn 1, so simply putting back Vettel 5 places is nonsense.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 3rd November 2012, 0:33

      @mnmracer

      Japan 2007 – Even if Hamilton did a braketest (which I honestly doubt), Vettel was still partly to blame for not looking at where he was going. Good drive, but not good enough.
      China 2007 – Fair enough. Thanks for reminding me of that.
      Monaco and Canada 2008 – I think they weren’t really hyped at the time because before those races, Vettel had failed to score a point (having Lap 1 collisions in majority of the races that year before then). But ask people out there if they remember those drives, and most of them won’t. It’s not their fault either, is it?

      As for Spa, As I said, Vettel DID pass 4 cars (including Raikkonen). I gave him credit for that. Just not as many as Alonso’s 8 cars (he was 3rd, behind Hamilton but ahead of Raikkonen).

  3. F1Rollout (@f1rollout) said on 2nd November 2012, 23:43

    After analyzing in very detail, I have come to the conclusion that Alonso deserves the championship more than Vettel. Why?

    1. He has been more consistent than Vettel.
    2. Redbull has been the fastest car then Ferrari in every race except the wet races.
    3. Mclaren in particular Hamilton took points out of Alonso’s tally but did not took them out of Vettel’s tally. I think this is the reason Vettel is leading the championship and not Alonso. When Mclaren was faster than Ferrari, they capitalized on it and finished ahead of Ferrari. When they were quicker than Redbull they did not finish ahead of them.

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