Alonso: Hamilton and Vettel are the biggest challengers
17 August, 2012
Aug.17 (GMM) Ferrari driver and world championship points leader Fernando Alonso has singled out Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as his toughest challengers for over the remaining nine races of the season.
But close behind Australian Webber is his Red Bull teammate and reigning back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel, followed by another 2012 race winner and former title winner, Lewis Hamilton.
Alonso is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace: “Hamilton and Vettel are the drivers we have focused on since the beginning.
“They are the biggest challengers, but all of the teams are close. Hopefully, they will fight among themselves and not one of them will dominate,” he added.
With nine races still to run in 2012, Alonso is taking nothing for granted.
Pundits have lauded Alonso’s extreme consistency so far in 2012, the Ferrari driver finishing all eleven races in the points.
“Sometimes we know we can be on the podium, other times maybe it’s only seventh, but we cannot afford to make any mistakes or do anything that we will regret,” said the 31-year-old.
F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello told Auto Motor und Sport, “Alonso is in the form of his life. He does not have the fastest car but he is the one getting the best out of what he has.”
“And his rivals are taking points off one another. In the end I see this [championship] as a duel between Alonso and Vettel.”
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