Lauda: Vettel is having to fight like a donkey in order to stay in touch 15 August, 2012 Sebastian Vettel is interviewed by Niki Lauda on the podium after the German GP Aug.15 (GMM) Winning the 2012 Formula One World Championship – his third in as many years – is going to be a much tougher task for reigning title holder Sebastian Vettel as he no longer has the advantage of a superior car and the stress level is much higher than before. That is the view of F1’s legendary triple world champion Niki Lauda, who nonetheless told the Osterreich (Austria) newspaper that the 25-year-old German cannot be written off. With half the 2012 championship now behind him, Vettel has one win compared to leader Fernando Alonso’s three, and he also trails his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Told that Vettel appears less happy in 2012, Lauda said: “That’s logical. “Last year he had a huge advantage with his car. Now, in every race, he is having to fight like a donkey in order to stay in touch. And the stress level is higher.” Austrian legend Lauda, 63, said Webber and Ferrari‘s Alonso are not Vettel’s only problems. “All the top teams are closer together, as we saw in Budapest last time. I expect it to stay like that and I hope that Red Bull and McLaren can exploit their full potential.” As for how Vettel shapes up against 2012 favourite Alonso, Lauda said that the Spaniard is “superior to everyone in difficult situations”. Lauda was also asked about reports London could soon join the F1 calendar. “I watched the Olympics from the opening to the closing ceremony,” he said, “and loved it. An Olympic Games could not have gone better.” As for what he thinks about the idea of a London street grand prix, Lauda answered: “Not a lot.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsSilly Season: Vettel and Red Bull deny Alonso swapProdromou: It’s fantastic to return to McLarenRed Bull’s da Costa accepts F1 dream is overRed Bull drivers preview Singapore Grand PrixHorner backs team radio clampdown by FIAVettel to get fourth new chassis for SingaporeRed Bull accept damage limitation at MonzaRed Bull: Fifth and sixth was the absolute optimumRed Bull: No great surprise for us to be strugglingHorner: Don’t imagine success will go on forever Jody Renza Champions normally get to the top at the end of the season & Red Bull is still the car to beat…2nd half of the season will be even closer than the 1st half for the top 3 teams with Lotus chasing for wins. Disgusted with 2012 Even if Vettel fails to win his 3rd this season, he wins. What makes Alonso so tough under duress is his maturity, which comes with age, and the experience of more than a few disappointing results/seasons that builds perspective, plus talent. Vettel has all the talent necessary, and with tempering of a few more years will gain the wisdom and patience that only time and experience can deliver – putting him on par with the best there is – including Alanso, Schumacher in his prime, et al. . A hard fight this season is a good thing, regardless of the outcome. We’ll be seeing a lot more from this kid as his career blooms. That said, there is no reason to assume he’s out of the running, or that Alonso owns it yet. Chris With the Season standings we can’t say that Who can win this season but Vettel and Alonso will be in Top 3 by the end of season cos they are the Fighters and this season giving Vettel what he Really needs. He needs some tight and tough competition so that he can Evolve If he Keep on winning it would only Damage him at later point with this season he can get much more experienced and He can be like Alonso But We also need to consider Sebastian Age he was only 25 now and He has a lot of career time so i was thinking he can be the Next Alonso when he reaches his prime i.e 30 years f111111 STOP beng constervesial MR lauda hillside Seb will cry like baby just win again bfhfghfhdfhfg If that double DRS works for Kimi and he wins Spa & Monza, he could be back in the fight for the title in a jiffy!