Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel turn the Championship battle into a two-horse race
With just five races remaining in the Formula One season, the battle for the World Championship is starting to resemble a two-horse race between Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. The Spaniard is leading the Driver Standings at the moment, but the young defending champion is breathing down his neck four points away.
The Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is proud of Sebastian Vettel’s comeback following a dismissive start to the season. Christian Horner also believes that final battle for the title will take place between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory on Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso was forced to retire following an unfortunate crash on the first turn of Suzuka circuit. Fernando Alonso’s elimination broke his huge lead on the table.
Although, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are considered hot-favorites to win the World Championship, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Jenson Button are also contenders for the title.
Christian Horner reckons it should be a straight dash for Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel from here onwards. Both drivers have won the Championship crown twice before, therefore winning the title would be a declaration of dominance.
In spite of Red Bull’s impressive performance in comparison to Ferrari, Christian Horner insists his team would face tough competition from Ferrari in the upcoming races.
“We’ve seen how performance moves around so there’s absolutely no predictions that we can take out of this event other than that we need to keep pushing,” Christian Horner said.
“We need to keep trying to get performance out of the car, and the championship now is effectively a battle of five races between Fernando [Alonso] and Sebastian [Vettel].
“You can’t rule out the others but whoever does the best job over the next five races will ultimately prevail. I think that Fernando is a very shrewd and formidable opponent and over a season luck tends to balance itself out.
“Sebastian has had two DNFs because of reliability, Fernando has been unlucky with [Romain] Grosjean at Spa and with his puncture here.
“Luck tends to balance itself out over a 20-race season and it will be down to what the two of them do on track now and the relative performances of the cars over the remaining five races.”