Lauda: Vettel will clinch title in Abu Dhabi
29 August 2013 – Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda has tipped Sebastian Vettel to clinch his fourth world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, commenting that his domination of last weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps was the final hurdle he had to surmount.
With Red Bull having won at a track not particularly suited to the RB9 chassis, Lauda believes that Vettel is now out of sight, predicting that the Milton Keynes-based squad will possess the best car on the season's up-coming higher downforce circuits
"Vettel is no longer fighting anyone," said the Austrian, who claimed the last of his three titles for McLaren in 1984. "I am committing myself to stating that he will be World Champion in Abu Dhabi, the third last race [of the 2013 season].
"His lead is already big enough after Spa, where he dominated even though the Red Bull was not really suited to the track. His best circuits are still yet to come. Red Bull won't be the favourite at Monza but, on all other tracks, he has the best car."
With eight races left to run, Vettel currently holds a 46-point lead over Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' Championship, with a potential 200 still on offer.