Lauda: Vettel can learn from Alonso
By Berthold Bouman
Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda thinks Sebastian Vettel can learn from Fernando Alonso this season, he said to the Österreich newspaper. Vettel has had the best car during the last two seasons and was able to clinch two consecutive World Championships, but in 2012 the 25-year old German has so far won only one race, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The by Adrian Newey designed RB8 lacks straight-line speed compared to McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari. Asked why Vettel seems to be more stressed this season, Lauda replied, “That is logical, last year he had a huge advantage with his car, this year he has to fight like hell each race not to lose too much ground.
“The stress level is simply higher this season, and Vettel can learn something from Alonso, as he is superior to all [drivers] in difficult situations.” But Lauda doesn’t think Alonso, who currently has a 40 points advantage to the number two, Mark Webber, is now the only remaining title candidate.
“The Hungarian Grand Prix has shown us once again the top teams are very close together this season,” said the Austrian. “I expect the championship will be exciting until the end and I hope McLaren and Red Bull will exploit their potential to the fullest.”
The newspaper also asked Lauda about Bernie Ecclestone’s plans for a race in London, in and around the new Olympic Stadium, but the triple World Champion wasn’t really impressed by Ecclestone’s plan.
“I think we should cherish the memories we have of the Olympic Games in London [and not go racing there], I have followed everything from the opening to the closing ceremonies, the Olympics will never get any better after London, the atmosphere was great.”
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