Lauda: Vettel is having to fight like a donkey in order to stay in touch
15 August, 2012
Aug.15 (GMM) Winning the 2012 Formula One World Championship – his third in as many years – is going to be a much tougher task for reigning title holder Sebastian Vettel as he no longer has the advantage of a superior car and the stress level is much higher than before.
With half the 2012 championship now behind him, Vettel has one win compared to leader Fernando Alonso’s three, and he also trails his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
Told that Vettel appears less happy in 2012, Lauda said: “That’s logical.
“Last year he had a huge advantage with his car. Now, in every race, he is having to fight like a donkey in order to stay in touch. And the stress level is higher.”
Austrian legend Lauda, 63, said Webber and Ferrari’s Alonso are not Vettel’s only problems.
As for how Vettel shapes up against 2012 favourite Alonso, Lauda said that the Spaniard is “superior to everyone in difficult situations”.
Lauda was also asked about reports London could soon join the F1 calendar.
“I watched the Olympics from the opening to the closing ceremony,” he said, “and loved it. An Olympic Games could not have gone better.”
As for what he thinks about the idea of a London street grand prix, Lauda answered: “Not a lot.”
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