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Vettel has more to lose than Alonso, says Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari: Vettel shouldn't lose it [the title], but he could. All Alonso can do is win, because it already looks like he shouldn't

Jaime Alguersuari believes Sebastian Vettel has more to lose than Fernando Alonso as the F1 2012 title fight heads towards it conclusion.

The driver-turned-analyst was impressed with how Alonso and Ferrari did in Abu Dhabi last weekend, and while he also hailed Vettel's 'eye-catching performance in climbing up from a pit-lane start to finish on the podium', he reckons the German is under more pressure given the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull RB8 is clearly the quicker car.

“In Abu Dhabi Ferrari continued the good job they have done throughout the season. They made no mistakes on strategy or operation and Alonso yet again managed to finish the race in the best possible position,” Alguersuari wrote in his latest column for BBC Sport. “Everyone knows he is not fighting with the best tools. He benefited from Vettel's penalty but it is amazing to see Alonso and the team working so flawlessly under such pressure.

“Alonso is 10 points behind Vettel in the championship going into the final two races of the season, which is a really small amount - the same as a fifth-place finish. The situation is not easy for either of them.

“Vettel knows his car is faster. Alonso knows he has to keep on playing his cards, doing his maximum and pressuring Vettel as best he can. If one makes a mistake and the other does not, that's the end for them. Anything can happen. It is a question of bringing the car home and not making any silly mistakes, scoring the maximum amount of points they can and each trying to cover the other.

“But one thing is sure - Vettel has more to lose than Alonso. He is leading and he has a quicker car.

“Vettel shouldn't lose it, but he could. All Alonso can do is win, because it already looks like he shouldn't.”

Meanwhile, Alguersuari paid homage to Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus after the Enstone-based outfit took the victory.

“It is well deserved because Lotus have been so competitive for so much of the season and Raikkonen has been very consistent and getting better all the time as he gets more and more used to F1 after two years in rallying,” added the BBC Radio 5 Live man.

“Once [Lewis] Hamilton retired, Raikkonen had the speed and he controlled the race perfectly under all conditions.

“He came under pressure from Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in the closing laps but he managed it well.”

Related Pictures

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28.10.2012- Race, Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
28.10.2012- Race, Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
28.10.2012- Race, 2nd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
24.11.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
09.09.2012- Race,  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012

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Yeah the red bull is such a wonderful car, cant pass buttons mclaren on a straight even with fresh option tires, drs and race set up only to aid overtaking. Still has to do overtaking in a corner. Now imagine the oh so poor Ferrari under similar situation after the second safety car and it could have won the race, if Alonso or Vettel were driving it doesnt matter, by simply going past cars on the straight one after another. It has also a nice launch controll i must say. I think even Webber could lead a race after the first corner in that Ferrari. LOL

cknopp - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 4:12 AM

Any team principal would be silly not to back Seb over Webber. Vettel/Hamilton/Raikkonen/Alonso should normally be ahead of their team mates as far as I can see, so it would be natural to get their team mates out of their way so they can go on to bigger and better things. There is no points for good "moral" decisions... Only from gaining positions.

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