F1 » How Vettel beat Alonso to the 2012 title – Pt.2

A race-by-race look at how Sebastian Vettel beat Fernando Alonso to the F1 title in 2012

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November 27, 2012 1:08 PM

Somehow as in 2009, Vettel chased down the leader in the second half of the season. But while then, the gap was too huge to overcome and he was forced to fight with Barichello for the runner up firstly, now those 44 points have been proven to be within his grasp. And for doing such, he hasn't have to wait for the end of the season. That series of 4 victories come within due time to allow the fans to witness the fiercest fight till the very end.
Interlagos has taken the lion's part in the battle, as usual, but this time with a drama bar to none

Firestorm - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 4:13 PM

Crash.net should have written "How Adrian Newey beat Alonso to the 2012 title". Because Red Bull took a lot of upgrades after Italy. Before that Vettel was 39 points behind Alonso, and a few points behind Hamilton and Raikkonen as well. And up to that point neither of them had a dominant car. Then Adrian Newey comes with his usual brillance and.....Vettel started to drive very,very well (better than Webber) the fastest car on the grid. Yes I agree that Red Bull sometimes made mistakes like in Abu Dhabi' qualifying or that early pitstop in Brazil, without mentioning the famous alternators, but aerodynimacilly it was the best pagage, and the most balanced one. So everyone with some understanding of F1, will agree that Vettel didn't do any better than Alonso, Raikkonen or Hamilton by his personal skills and talent but profited of the situation.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 5:20 PM

In spite of some peoples attempts at rewriting history, the important thing which happened "after Italy" was that Vettel suffered no more alternator failures. It was these and not the skill of the respective drivers which had allowed Alonso to gain a lead in points.

In Singapore, the first race after Italy, Vettel qualified third and Webber eleventh. So much for the all conquering speed of the Red Bull.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 5:32 PM

"Adrian Newey comes with his usual brillance and.....Vettel started to drive very,very well (better than Webber)"

It doesn't strike you as at all curious that alleged brilliant improvements to the car resulted in one driver getting faster and the other driver ... not?

The cars all make identical power. They all weigh the same. They all use the same tyres. They all have basically an identical aerodynamic package - every aspect of the bodywork is closely regulated by the FIA. This is all due the changes in the rules made after Schumacher to ensure that there would be no more dominant cars/teams/drivers in F1. There has never been a time in F1 when driver skill was as important as it is now.

Nealio - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 6:40 PM

Vettel benefited from the Gosjean caused accident at the start of the Spa race and the Raikkonen caused accident at the start of the Suzuka race. Alonso retired from both these accidents when there was every chance that he would have been on the podium in both races.
That's racing fair enough but Vettel didn't beat Alonso, he won the championship by chance.

Arsenic - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 7:21 PM

What a load of crap I'm reading here... it was Adrian Newey, RB had the better car, Vettel was lucky...
First, you don't become F1 WDC by luck. Much less twice and certainly not 3 times.
Poor Alonso always has the worst car. Mind you this "worst" car beat most other cars, otherwise he wouldn't be so close to Vettel. Oh, and Ferrari finished second in the Constructors championship. So much about having the worst car.
I also haven't seen Alonso race through the field from all the way back several times like Seb has.
And I haven't seen RBR deliberatly penalising Webber to benefit Vettel like Ferrari did in the US (or throughout the season for that matter).
Last year in Monza, Alonso pushed Vettel off the track and it was ok. This year it was the other way around and guess what, Alonso starts crying.
So give credit where it's due. Both drivers have been superb this season and either one of them has deserved the WDC but there can only be one.

Hetfordshre - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 11:03 PM

Hmmm, interesting comment. Ive just been watching Sky Sports News where Vettel said he has no intention of leaving Red Bull. The story also goes on with Webber making a comment " i'm happy that i made the decision to stay at Red Bull, and it s very hard for any driver to walk away from an Adrian Newey car. I have massive respect for Adrian Newey". Well it seems that the Red Bull No2 driver feels Its all about Newey and i will take his word over keyboard warriors. :)


November 27, 2012 11:38 PM

he will stay there as long as he has a chance to beat schumachers 5 consecutive WDC's ...

when he misses this on his way - he 'll be off to an italian team (he speaks nearly perfekt italian thanx to his torro rosso roots..)


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