Title is Vettel’s to lose, says Alguersuari
8 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel has more to lose than Fernando Alonso over the course of the final two Grands Prix. That is the opinion of Jaime Alguersuari, who has just two races remaining until he is likely to return to the grid himself in 2013.
Alguersuari has been on the sidelines since he was brutally dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last year. Since then, he has joined BBC Radio 5 live and taken up a commentary role alongside James Allen and Jonathan Legard. Looking at the championship, the Catalan believes the outcome could go either way.
“In Abu Dhabi, Ferrari continued the good job they have done throughout the season,” Alguersuari said in a column for BBC Sport. “They made no mistakes on strategy or operation and Alonso yet again managed to finish the race in the best possible position. Everyone knows he is not fighting with the best tools. He benefited from Vettel's (qualifying) penalty, but it’s amazing to see Alonso and the team working so flawlessly under such pressure.
“Alonso is ten points behind Vettel going into the final two races, which is a really small amount - the same as a fifth-place finish. The situation is not easy for either of them, but 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’s 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.”
At Yas Marina on Sunday, the current double World Champion charged through to third place after starting from the pit lane; he was aided by two Safety Car periods. In Texas next weekend, it is possible that the German could sweep up the crown.