Hulkenberg says top three in title race did great job

Podium and results: 1st Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, centre right. 2nd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, left. 3rd Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, right. Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 4 November 2012.Dec.27 (GMM) It is difficult to say which of the top-three drivers did the best job in 2012, claims Nico Hulkenberg, who said that this year’s top three championship finishers – Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – deserve similar praise.

“Alonso and Vettel fought for the title until the last race and did a great job,” the German told Brazil’s Totalrace. “You cannot tell [who] was the best.

“Both took everything from the car, and so did Kimi, who did a great championship after two years out.”

Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa, however, is more willing to choose a favourite.

Asked if Vettel’s three consecutive titles for Red Bull means he is the world’s best, he answered: “I don’t know.

“I think Fernando deserved it more this year because he was the most complete driver fighting with a disadvantage,” de la Rosa told Marca sports newspaper.

“Last year I think Vettel was above everyone else and we need to recognise that he is a great driver, who knows how to win even without the very best car.”

And de la Rosa thinks that Red Bull’s rivals have a chance to beat Vettel in 2013, even if the rules are not changing much.

“This year the difference between Red Bull and the others was much lower and in the first part of the year they (Red Bull) [was] not dominant.

“Anyway, the best car throughout the year was McLaren‘s, it should have won the championship, but they were betrayed by … reliability,” said the 2012 HRT driver.

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