Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Marina Bay, Singapore, 2012

“Vettel is a worthy champion”, says Alonso

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Marina Bay, Singapore, 2012Fernando Alonso praised his world championship rival Sebastian Vettel while speaking to journalists in Madrid today.

“Vettel is a worthy champion: he scored more points than anyone else and that is clear for all to see,” said Alonso. “Red Bull will again be favourites next year, ending this season with seven or eight tenths in hand over us and that will be hard for us to make up over the winter.”

“The McLaren was also quicker than us and, at the end, even Force India and Lotus were ahead of us,” he continued.

Alonso said he felt the standard he achieved this year would be hard for him to repeat: “Sometimes you think you?ve done a good job and at others you feel something is lacking or that you would like to change or improve for the following year, but this time, I think this was a perfect year and I am very happy with my season.

“I think it will be almost impossible to do the same again in my career.”

Alonso said he expects the team to “start from a better base” next season. “It would be hard to start as badly as in 2012.”

“In Jerez at the first test, we were two seconds and a half off the pace, in Australia one and a half seconds. There?s a lot of work to do but our objective is clear: to have two Ferraris ahead of the field, both on Saturday and Sunday. These past few years, some teams have managed that, but not us: we will try again in 2013.”

Referring to the problems the team has experienced with its wind tunnel, Alonso said: “I don?t think the fact the Maranello wind tunnel has been temporarily closed will be a handicap: we will use other wind tunnels, and indeed we have been doing just that for the past few months.”

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  1. I’m amazed how quicky poinions change here. Midway through the season, even the ardent Alonso haters were full of praise for him, most neutrals were bashing Vettel for being beaten by Webber on Saturdays when the car was not at the top. Now at the end of the season, every breath Alonso exhales is poison, every word has a ‘double meaning’ and every moment he spends on this Earth, is a moment when he’s craftily devising various ways and means to bring others down. And when Vettel speaks about ‘dirty tricks’, his ardent fans nod furiously and justify him, whereas the neutrals are ‘surprised’ at his words.
    Truly, what a difference a few months makes. I guess that is what 2012 F1 was all about.

    1. @chicanef1 I think you misinterpret peoples opinions. The so-called Alonso “haters” continue to praise Alonso for the one thing which he did well in the first half of the season which is his excellent driving ability. That continued in the second half of the season and is not in doubt.

      What has turned people against him is that he doesn’t consider it good enough to be considered as good as, or slightly better than, Vettel. He has to keep exaggerating how amazing he is and how rubbish his car was. It actually has the effect of diminishing respect for someone who should stick to doing his talking on the race track.

      1. @jerseyF1 If you’ve read Alonso’s recent comments, you will understand that even the Spaniard was surprised by his level of driving this year, and the way he consistently wrung a poor-handling(it was poor-handling, nobody can deny that) up the grid for most of the season. And Alonso is bitterly disappointed because he knows he’ll never be that good after this, and will need SF to produce a car that is ‘fit-for-pole’.
        Yes it is true that he does come out as a bit arrogant. But then, what has Hamilton done? Consistently towards the end he was undermining Vettel. And that’s because there’s disappointment too. He had a car whose outright pace(atleast certainly over one lap) was mesmerising, he made few mistakes, and was yet thwarted by circumstances out of his control mainly, like reliability failures, collisions etc.
        To be truthful if there’s one top-rung driver on the current grid who does not whine, bawl, sing his own praises or say controversial remarks, it is Raikkonen. But that(and the fact that maybe at 33, and having returned after 2 years out of the sport, is a bit over-the-hill) is precisely why he is not included in the Hamlonsotel super-trio.

    2. @chicanef1 nobody is saying that Alonso is a bad driver, he is a great one and deserve respect… what he acts is a as a bad loser and thats what everybody is pointing out… a guy bitter who can´t give a price word to the man that had beating him for three years in a row and that give excuses or do you really believe that Force India was faster than Ferrari?

      1. Like Tony Soprano once said: Those who want respect give respect:)

        1. +1 because is a true fact…and +1000 for finding a way to quote The Sopranos on a F1 site ;)

  2. haha yeah let’s believe in ALonso’s sincerity on this one, the same samurai…. sorry, same guy who always says “me, me , me a gladiator in a terrible car”

    Of course Vettel is a worthy champion, Alonso is a worthy double champion and even Keke Rosberg is a worthy champion as everybody with that title is.

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