F1 » McNish: Vettel needs to win title in Austin


Allan McNish warns Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing not to try their luck in Brazil and to try and sow things up in Austin

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Temple - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 5:50 PM

Lets not forget that Alonso had a death grip on the championship until he was taken out on the first lap in two different races, both by renaults strangely enough. Anything can happen and the race in America could be epic, especially since it is a complete unknown. Personally I find myself giddy as a schoolgirl just waiting for the race in USA! Go Alonso!

Kevin - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 6:00 PM

In a season where anything can happen, there are no sure things in the next two events. If Vettel wins at Austin, Fernando needs to be 4th or better to avoid a tie or elimination. He can do that handily. If Seb retires and Alonso wins, it still goes to Brazil, where Seb can still take it. All the blather about Alonso being in a superior position should it rain is just that. Vettel can do what he has to in whatever conditions, just as Alonso can. I don't see a clinch in Austin, unless something stupid happens. A win here can go to anyone, so we'll just have to wait and see.

fred - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 6:12 PM

In Suzuka Alonso had his Mark Webber Korea 2010 moment and hasnt mentally recovered since. With better qualifying he could have taken the fight to Vettel in India and to Kimi in Abu Dhabi and maybe won those races. Unless Vettel suffers a DNF or Ferrari can convince the FIA to outlaw parts of RB8 its over for him. Vettel doesnt even need to finish in front of Alonso anymore depending where Alonso is of course. If say Hamilton or Kimi wins one of the remaing two races a second and a third place for Vettel will get him the title on countback even if Alonso wins another race and second in the other one.

Sebastian Vettel Fan - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 7:22 PM

That is absolute rubbish, red bull have won in Brazil the past two years, whilst ferrari haven't won a race this season for the past 6 races. What Seb did last week proves he can stand up to Fernando and with a faster car and most likely qualifying at the fron of the grid he doesn't have much to worry about.
The chances that he could wrap up the championship next week, if he indeed needed to, are pretty impossible unless he finished 2nd and Fernando had a DNF. this is a nothing article

Tesla - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 8:08 PM

Hi McNish

well what about another German? i mean how about Andre Lotterer's Audi Team running away with a hat trick at 24 Hours Le Mans 2013... omg :p

1Jez

November 12, 2012 3:25 AM

McNish sounds like he has no idea what he's talking about. Red Bull have won the last three races at Interlagos - how does that factor into the "Vettel must wrap it up in Austin because Ferrari are strong in Brazil" theory?

Alonso is undoubtedly good in the wet (not that you want to gamble a championship decider on whether a race is wet or not), but so is Vettel. Even if Vettel doesn't wrap up the championship in Austin, the smart money is still on him.

Googolplex

November 12, 2012 12:54 PM

I'm not sure McNish has done his homework. The last 3 Brazilian GP's have been won by RBR. In each of them, Seb has finished ahead of Fernando. The last time Fernando beat Seb in Brazil was in 2008, which was by a single place when Seb was driving a Toro Rosso.

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