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Alonso sees Vettel’s bad luck as his only chance
In an interview with Brazil’s Total Race Alonso said Ferrari needs to win 3-4 races in a row and someone take Vettel out or he needs experience technical problems. This is the only way Alonso sees himself overcome the 46 point deficit he has to Vettel.
“I left Monza last year with 41 points more than Vettel. It shows how quickly things can change. But for this, we need to win three or four races in a row and have someone run over him at the start, as happened to me, or technical problems.”
Vettel has built a substantial lead in the championship and while he does not have to win each race, he just needs to ensure no one else romps away with consecutive wins. The problem Alonso has is that while he, Hamilton and Kimi is chasing Vettel, all Vettel has to do is focus on getting on the podium while the other three take wins from each other.
One thing we cannot forget is that Vettel is practically racing on his own now, Webber will not help him. With technical problems hitting Webber’s car the odds for it to happen to Vettel’s car is very low.
What else can Alonso do to win the Drivers Championship?
2014 options for Van der Garde, none for Frijns
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that Giedo Van der Garde has some options available to him for the 2014 season. His management Jan Paul ten Hoopen and Jeroen Schothorst have named three possible teams they are working – Sauber, Williams and Force India.
De Telegraph speculates Sauber and Williams could be good options because of the funding associated with the driver through his sponsor McGregor.
While nothing is said about current team Caterham it is anticipated they want to get Heikki back in to help them develop for 2014 and Pic will keep his seat due to the Renault connection. Van Der Garde is not worried at the moment though, “It makes no sense for me to already be thinking about next season. There are still eight races to go“.
Another Dutchman whose career seem to be over before it started is Robin Frijns. Sources of De Telegraph claims Sauber will not take up their option on the racer and when asked Frijns responded, “I have no idea. I have heard nothing, I know nothing“.
While Frijns is regarded as a real talent in the paddock his future is limited due to the fact that he does not bring any sponsorship with him so is there any of the larger teams willing to take a chance on him? Maybe his comment about Red Bull treating their drivers like dogs will come back to haunt him.
Lotus found the cause of the problem with Kimi’s brakes
The kings of social media, Lotus F1, has found the cause of the problem with Kimi’s brakes…
Hamilton said he will keep on pushing Vettel for the F1 title this year even though he admits Vettel will be very tough to beat and has a phenomenal car…
“He has just had a phenomenal car for a long, long time and it’s still phenomenal and he does the job, so it’s a perfect package. But we have had some really strong races and we’ve been competing with him and we have finished ahead of him in the past so it doesn’t mean we can’t do that in these next races. But it is getting closer and closer to the point where we need to be finishing ahead every time to close that gap.”
It will never happen but imagine Hamilton and Vettel in the same team…
Private equity firm LDC, owned by Lloyds Banking Group, is in advanced talks over spending “millions” on backing a management buyout of Silverstone Circuits, which promotes and hosts the British Grand Prix.
They previously owned shares in Marussia which they sold at a profit so as with most private equity firms, there must be money to be made in the Silverstone deal.
Kimi Saga Continues: McLaren could be interested (Autosport)
Zwolle kindly pointed us in the direction of this story.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Kimi Raikkonen is “determined” to leave Lotus, and has hinted his outfit could be tempted to sign the Finn.
The article continues where Whitmarsh admits they were interested last year and could be interested this year however Whitmarsh ‘sense’ Raikkonen will not be successful in getting another team. Asked whether McLaren could approach Raikkonen, or vice versa, Whitmarsh said: “Yes, could be.”
Whitmarsh then says both Button and Perez ‘deserves’ another season particularly as the car failed to meet expectations. “They’ve [Button and Perez] been fantastic ambassadors and I think they deserve another go with us next year.”
Well well, let us distil Whitmarsh’s comments. He says they could be interested in Kimi if he is available, which he is but they have not yet approached him. What we are seeing here is more of a “hurry up” for current race drivers Button and Perez.
McLaren is admitting they have given the drivers a dog of a car but expect their drivers to do more with the car and should they not then their seats are not safe. Hamilton is faster than Button so for Perez to be slower than Button… McLaren really need a fast driver.
Another angle, is McLaren perhaps sending a message to potential sponsors saying if you don’t pay up in time your man may not be with us next year?