F1 » Lauda: Alonso clearly on course for F1 title

Niki Lauda has tipped Fernando Alonso to claim a third F1 world title this season, but the Spaniard is less confident of his chances...

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shaken - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 2:14 PM

Two very big and major differences between these two men (Lauda & Alonso). The former is known for being unemotional - hence why he says Alonso is favourite for the title, the latter cannot divorce his emotions and says the opposite (hasn't got the confidence). This is dangerous for Alonso, he cannot be the No1 Ferrari driver in F1 with crossed fingers and clinging on to the hope factor. As for Lauda, this legend needs no introduction......

Kevin - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 4:31 PM

If Vettel, Weber, Hamilton, and Raikkonen continue to slice up the 1-5 finishes, with Alonso maintaining finishing among them without another DNF, there is slim chance of anyone taking him off the top step at the awards banquet. It's going to take a breakaway effort with several strong results over the other five to take Alonso down. 37+ points in 7 races requires 5.3+ points advantage per race average. That demands an extraordinary effort. One more Alonso win will escalate that to miraculous. Yet, if Alonso can't win another, and the others score 1 or 2 wins over him, the season could be decided last race ala 2010...


September 17, 2012 7:45 PM

Ah, Niki, I seem to remember them saying the same thing about you at this point in 1976. Let's hope Alonso doesn't tip a tractor on top of himself eh? All it takes is for Ferrari to suffer a performance drop off and a couple of DNF's and the gap could be nil after 2 more races. He is the best this year quite comfortably, though it pains me to admit as much.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 8:36 PM

The one good thing for Alonso is that his main opponents are taking points away from each other while they battle.

The other aspect is that Fernando can do with a DNF whereas not scoring points would most likely kick any of the challengers from the title race.


September 17, 2012 8:57 PM
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He's managed to eek out a 37 point lead with a car that has been good, bad and indifferent (even), in all conditions, the others have to match and outerform him in the last seven races, this season has been a good barometer of the pecking order imho


September 17, 2012 9:56 PM

Since Germany Alonso has had 2 bad qualifying sessions 6th and 10th at Hungary and Monza and a DNF at Spa, McLaren have won the last 3 races yet his lead has only shrunk by 5 points (I think) to the second place driver.

Every driver has a bad spell in a season, Alonso has had his and it's not done much damage. Deserves to be the 2012 champion because he's proved time and again that he's the best driver there.

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