Red Bull mishap Alonso’s last hope says Lauda

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, Niki Lauda (AUT) and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012.Nov.2 (GMM) Fernando Alonso’s last hope to rescue his flagging F1 World Championship charge in 2012 is a spate of technical problems for Red Bull.

That is the view of F1 great Niki Lauda, who told Germany’s Sport1: “Alonso cannot stop Vettel, unless Vettel suddenly gets technical problems.

“But with just his driving skills, Alonso can’t stop him now, because Red Bull’s progress has been too good.”

Another weapon deployed by Spaniard Alonso in recent days, however, has been the ‘psychological game’.

When he said recently his title fight is actually not with Vettel but with Red Bull designer Adrian Newey, many interpreted that as an attack on his German rival.

But Lauda insisted: “Every car needs a good driver. What good is Newey if the driver can’t drive it?”

Indeed, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said criticism is just part of the game, particularly in light of Vettel’s meteoric success over the past few years.

“It is uncomfortable the success that Sebastian has had, and uncomfortable for some the success that Red Bull has had. That’s not our fault,” he insisted.

But Alonso has also been fending off an attack, after the Italian newspaper La Stampa claimed that the Spaniard had a heated row with Ferrari‘s technical boss Pat Fry in India.

“Normally, when you’re in the fight for the title, it is the press of other countries that tries to destabilise you,” Alonso told Spanish reporters on Thursday.

“This time the destabilisation has come from Italy.”

Vettel, however, said he has no intention of entering the fray. “I have no desire for psychological games,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper.

“We should concentrate on the driving instead.”

He noted that he respects Alonso.

“Sometimes things are dragged out of context,” Vettel insisted, “but the respect is there and that’s what counts.”

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  • alonso_is_slow

    And Ferrari’s hope is that one day they can get Vettel.

    They really need a driver who talks less and works more and better. Who can pofessionally support technical development instead of crying for updates and bashing his own team. One who puts faith in collaboration instead of team orders and penalties against rivals.

    Alonso is just sub-par.