Lauda: Premature to say that Vettel will win the title

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing is interviewed by Niki Lauda (AUT) on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012.Oct.23 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel may have the momentum and form with him at the wheel of the fastest car, but the 2012 championship is not yet settled.

That is the warning of F1 legend Niki Lauda, despite German Vettel recently managing to track down Fernando Alonso’s big championship lead to now top the championship with just four races to go in the currently dominant Red Bull.

“At the moment everything is going in Vettel’s favour, but it would be premature to celebrate the world championship yet,” triple world champion Lauda told Osterreich newspaper.

“Not long ago Alonso looked like the safe world champion, but he was shot down twice. It shows how fast things can turn around.

“So Vettel needs to be careful,” he added.

Romain Grosjean, the French driver for Lotus, thinks Vettel is the favourite now.

“I’ve always said this season that Fernando Alonso is the favourite,” he is quoted by RMC, “but you have to change your tune now because Sebastian Vettel has taken a step ahead of everyone.

“[Red Bull] are almost unbeatable in the race – very fast,” added Grosjean. “It will be difficult to beat them before the end of the season.”

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  • Lauda Fan

    “ are almost unbeatable in the race – very fast,” added Grosjean. “It will be difficult to beat them before the end of the season.”

    “…and especially hard to beat them if I decide to go nuclear again at the start of the remaining races and thusly take out the main competition!” added Grosjean mischievously.