November 20, 2012 by thedavidryan
F1 fight for the title
With the final race of the 2012 Formula 1 season fast approaching in Brazil, the question on all motorsports fans lips is simply this; Vettel or Alonso?
On Sunday either the super efficient German Sebastian Vettel or the Spanish bull Fernando Alonso will be crowned a three time world champion.
This 2012 season has been one of the most diverse and thrilling seasons in years, with different drivers from different teams taking it in turns to stand on the top step of the podium early on, but as the saying goes; the cream inevitably rises to the top.
As the season reaches its climax in Brazil, it has come down to a two horse race between Red Bull Racing’s Vettel and Ferrari’s Alonso. Both drivers have made a worthy claim to the throne with Alonso pulling clear in the championship lead early on in the season; however Vettel has had an astonishing recent resurgence of form, taking the chequered flag in four consecutive races.
Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel missed his first opportunity to take the title from Alonso this weekend in the inaugural US grand prix in Texas, as Lewis Hamilton crashed the championship party by winning the race after a spectacular overtake on Vettel in the latter stages of the race. This allowed Vettel to only extend his championship lead to by an additional 3 points, taking his total points lead over Alonso to 13 points. Something which, if luck is on Alonso’ side, can be overturned in Brazil.
Despite Vettel’s lost opportunity to take the F1 crown in Texas this past weekend, he is still the odds on favourite to clinch his third consecutive driver’s championship at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. Alonso has it all to do and it would take something catastrophic like a reliability failure on the Red Bull, which ended Vettel’s team mates race at the US grand prix, to derail the German’s chances of Formula 1 glory.
On the other hand, Ferrari are willing to do anything in their power to ensure Alonso is the last man standing in Brazil as the F1 2012 champ, as they proved this last Sunday in Texas. Alonso’s Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa was asked to ‘take one for the team’ by incurring a 5 place grid penalty after Ferrari manipulated the regulations of the sport but forcibly breaking their own gearbox on Massa’s car to incur him a 5 place grid demotion penalty and moving Alonso up the starting grid and onto the preferred ‘clean’ part of the track for the start of the race.
This was an unprecedented and audacious move by the Italian team that ultimately paid off, as Alonso was to end up third on the podium behind Vettel’s second, resulting in clever damage limitation to Fernando Alonso’s championship charge heading into the Brazil showdown.
This has only added fuel to the championship fire as we head to the cauldron of Interlagos, where rain is predicted for the race and will definitely play into the hands of the wet weather specialist, Fernando Alonso. The stage is most definitely set for a thrilling race and a stunning climax to the 2012 F1 season. I plan to do a F1 2012 season review sometime next week so keep your eyes peeled but before then, we have a world championship to settle.