Can Alonso stop Vettel?

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Updated: September 7, 2013

After another victory from Sebastian Vettel in Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix, the question now is can anybody spoil Vettel’s chances of winning his fourth championship in a row?

Looking at the current championship leader board before the last European Grand Prix of the season in Italy, Fernando Alonso is looking to be the only driver who could stop the German.

The double world champion is 46 points behind, 8 races remaining and with 200 points at stake it is still a possibility.

At this stage last season, Alonso was leading the championship before heading to the Italian Grand Prix. An electrical problem for Vettel’s Red Bull forced him to retire from the race giving Alonso the opportunity of increasing his lead by finishing in third place.

Vettel silenced his doubters when the sport was moving to Asia by winning four races in a row in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and India to take the top spot in the driver’s championship. It was witnessed as one of the greatest comebacks in Formula 1.

This time around we are seeing the opposite as Alonso is chasing the triple world champion.

What we have learned from last season is that the championship is not over until the possibility becomes impossible. 46 points maybe a big gap but one slip up from Vettel will surely be making people think twice.

With Alonso’s Ferrari team going back on home turf for round 12 (Italian Grand Prix) of the 2013 season, the Spaniard can do with getting back his winning ways on Sunday especially in front of over 60,000 fans of the team in red.

The last thing Ferrari want at the end of the weekend is Red Bull claiming first place in front of thousands of hardcore Ferrari fans. The problem is that Vettel knows what it takes to win in Monza.

Vettel til this day remains the youngest driver to win an F1 race by winning the 2008 Italian Grand Prix representing Toro Rosso at the age of 21 years and 73 days.

It’s now or never for Alonso. After the Italian Grand Prix the calendar moves to Asia and the 32 year-old will want to avoid a repeat of Vettel’s dominance last season.

Throughout the whole season Alonso has been very impressive at the start of each race by climbing up the leader board from 9th to like a podium position. You don’t see a lot of drivers pulling off consistent performances like that.

The problem Ferrari have been suffering this season is their cars not getting good results in qualifying which makes it a lot more difficult to win races. If qualifying had run more smoothly who knows how many more races the Italian team would have had under their belt instead of 2 (China and Spain).

One other set back for Ferrari so far this season is the performance of Alonso’s team mate, Felipe Massa. The Brazilian has had a few rough seasons since missing out on the world championship to Lewis Hamilton in 2008. He has been seen as quite an average driver and the team are rumored talking to Kimi Raikkonen about a possible return to the team and replacing the 32 year-old.

So, Vettel is most likely sealing his fourth consecutive world championship for Red Bull but one or

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two cock-ups from the 26 year-old could put the championship wide open.

Remember, there are still 8 races to go.

 

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