Retired Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber and former world champion Damon Hill have weighed into the debate following a fiery Singapore Grand Prix.
After dominating the first quarter of the season, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is the firm favourite to lift the world championship title once again. He has already lifted this title three times in a row and he could move one step closer towards his countryman Michael Schumacher, who holds the record for the most number of consecutive world championship titles. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso could have easily been very close to Vettel in the table, but he has suffered bad luck on several occasions already this season.
Alonso has stated that Vettel has been having the perfect years in which almost nothing has gone wrong for him. However, he is of the opinion that this period of good luck will eventually run out for the German and he will be able to close the gap. Red bull have been one of the strongest contenders at the top of the table, but they do not have a huge disadvantage over the likes of Ferrari. Alonso has pointed to the fact that Ferrari already have two more points than they had at this stage last year, and he is happy with the progress made by the team in terms of making the car go faster.
Alonso has said that he needs a run of good results in order to pull himself back into the contention for the world championship title.
“We have two more points than last year in this race and we were leading the championship last year, so in a way we are doing better than last year. What is a little bit out of normality is the points that Sebastian has scored in these six races, that is a lot. We need to try finish in front of him and unlucky races will come to everyone,” said the Spaniard.
Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Sebastian Vettel is pleased with the second placed finish he managed at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend with the German adding that Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes had complete control of the race from start to finish.
The German driver started the race at third behind the Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton before taking advantage of the safety car coming out in the middle of the race to overtake Hamilton and finish in second position.
However, he could hardly do anything to challenge Rosberg for the top spot in the podium and he has attributed this to the track position. According to Vettel, the Mercedes team did what they considered was best for them and it worked out just fine as well.
The Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz has said that there is every chance that the star driver Sebastian Vettel could join Ferrari in the next few seasons. The 25-year-old German has been one of the best drivers in F1 in the last few seasons, while his closing in on the third successive title this season. He has a 13 point advantage going into the last race of the season. He is now the odds on favourite to lift the 2012 F1 drivers world championship title. However, rumours have been persistent that he would be joining Ferrari from 2014.
There have also been claims that he has signed a precontract agreement with the Italian team, which have been dismissed by the German himself. However, Dietrich Mateschitz thinks that it will be only a matter of time before he completes the move to Ferrari because he has achieved a lot in the last three years with Red Bull. If he indeed moves to Ferrari, Dietrich Mateschitz is confident that the team will be able to bring in the likes of Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso to replace him. Red Bull have come a long way in the last few seasons, but there has been a suggestion that Vettel is successful because of the machine.
However, he has denied such suggestions by saying that Vettel is one of the talented drivers on the grid. “He is the youngest of the three, and definitely there is potential for further development. Perhaps he is near his zenith in terms of the speed, but with more experience he can certainly keep getting better and better. If he should ever leave us, we would wish him well, and then nothing would stop Alonso or Hamilton driving for us,” said Mateschitz in a rare interview given about the sport.
One of the greatest Scottish drivers in the history of Formula One, Sir Jackie Stewart has said that he is of the opinion that the Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel still has a long way to go before he can be considered as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. The 25-year-old German has had an impressive start to his F1 career. His was already won two world championship titles, while he now looks on course to lift his third title this season. He is already getting closer towards the record held by his fellow countryman Michael Schumacher of seven world championship titles.
Due to the fact that he still has a long career ahead of him, Sir Jackie Stewart believes that he can go on and achieve many great things in the future. However, he cannot be considered as a great driver at this moment in time according to the three-time world championship winner. Sebastian Vettel managed his fourth win of the season at the Korean Grand Prix to take the lead in the F1 world championship title. Despite his current and past successes, he still has a long way to go according to Sir Jackie Stewart.
“If you’ve got a superior car, it’s relatively easy to win the championship. To really show you’re one of the greatest, you have to deliver when you haven’t got the best machinery. I have the highest respect for Sebastian, but he could not have achieved what he has without the [Red Bull design chief] Adrian Newey factor. I’m a big Sebastian Vettel fan. He completely dominated the Korean Grand Prix and drove in such a mature fashion for a 25-year-old. It was more than impressive,” said the three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart in an interview given to the BBC.