F1 » Lauda, Webber predict final round showdown

Niki Lauda and Mark Webber both continue to tip Sebastian Vettel as this year's F1 world champion, but don't reckon he'll wrap the title up before Interlagos.

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Kevin - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:12 PM

There are a lot of variables in Austin. If SV retires, he still has one more shot in Brazil, even if FA wins, so SV is under less pressure than FA in Austin. If FA retires, he has to hope for SV to finish 4th (12pts)or lower, or its over. If SV wins, FA must finish 4th or better to keep hope alive. Meanwhile, what will likely keep this going to Brazil is KR, LH, or JB in the mix, taking points off the top. This applies to both of the remaining races, and what will make them so interesting to see play out.


November 08, 2012 2:43 PM

abhishek. noted. but my original comment was more a criticism of laudas and webbers prognosis! given the pace of the bull and the ferrari, both protaginists should easily finish in the top three, and so the title race will continue. maybe lauda and webber should have said something along the lines of "the title WILL go down to the last race, unless there is a major catastrophe in texas"?

Wacko - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:06 PM

Has Lauda ever stepped forth with anythng constructive to say about anyone? His fastest car comment again makes me scratch my head as the Red Bulls were both slower than Hamilton at Abu Dhabi. So wouldn't that make the McLaren the fastest Car? If you want to say something like that you have to base it in context. And in the context of the last round (since it is the newest data point) Vettel indeed did not have the fastest car.

believeme5 - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:14 PM

Must agree with ELLE that Austin being a brand new track will be be a bit of a wild card and thats what Alonso needs now.He was thrown a lifeline at Abu Dhabi but Vettel drove like a man possessed to minimise points loss. Alonso must throw caution to the wind a little and take a few risks overtaking etc. to pressurise Vettel . We can see Vettel is hard to crack. If Massa is strong in Austin he could assist Alonso possibly.Anyway , its a fascinating prospect !


November 08, 2012 3:18 PM

wacko. fastest does not mean fastest through a speed trap. it means fastest through a lap or a race. now, despite seb starting last and button fourth, seb was able to pass him, so if the bull was not faster, how did he manage that? there are numerous variables.

and as for niki, i would accept his opinion over yours. he has been there, done that, and got the t shirt. he is also a pundit for rtl and is now the liaison manager between merc team and daimler ag. have you been any of these?

Jose - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:34 PM

Something is wrong here. Lauda and others keep dancing
to the tune that Red Bull has the fastest car. They will
win in Austin and Brazil, pure nonsense. What can be
stated with accuracy is that RB cars has been very quick and
competitive so far. Some like Richard and Lauda are willing
to ignore what we have, a two race WDC. For some reason
they forget Ferrari is Ferrari, and if any team in this circus
can change things over night, its Ferrari and they have Alonzo
Lotus and McLaren can have a big effect on the outcome.

Old Jose

Jose - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:53 PM

Yo! hold on here. True Vettel did some really racy driving I
would not place to much value on finishing near the top.
I placed his finish about 6 or 7 if the race was run needing
no deployment of the Safety Car. Vettel got an enormous
assist, along with Lady Luck got the benefits of many good
things. Example, Buttons put up no defense, He just let
Mr. Vettel whistle pass. He (Button) did nothing....
Awaiting your rebuttal,,

The Badman, Jose


November 08, 2012 4:22 PM
Last Edited 1271 days ago

jose. i continue to be confused at your ramblings. first of all, i am delighted that you put me in the same category as niki. i am honoured.
secondly, i was not comparing the bull and ferrari speeds. go back to my early posts at the start of the season, i said that the ferrari was not a bad car, and i have always talked them up. but the bulls are developing faster and have passed ferrari. have you seen their spongy nose yet?
of course i know its a two horse race, but most seasoned observers say that seb is in the driving seat. the pressure is all on ferdi and it is affecting him. contd


November 08, 2012 4:26 PM

contd. as as for your comment about button....did you actually see the race? vettel came from behind, with a speed advantage of around a second a lap. button did not just let vettel by, he held him up for about four laps, and once seb sold him a dummy and got past, seb pulled away at 1 sec a lap. had button not held seb up, the podium could well have been different. so criticising button was insulting to him. do you really think that button wanted to be fourth rather than third?

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