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1. Posted by Kkiirmki, 14/08/2013 21:11

"Vettel is very consistent over all the races in a season and if he's not winning races he will generally be in the top finishing positions. The 'problem' lies with the other teams/drivers and their lack of consistency.

Just look at Lotus as an example. They won the first race and other than on a couple of occasions haven't really looked like they could repeat the result. It's no good winning races at one track and then coming in 5th, 6th or lower in the next couple. You need (as Red Bull show - well Vettel anyway) to constantly finish on the podium, and more often than not the top step.

Unless Vettel has some bad luck in 2 or 3 races then I can't see anyone else winning the title. "

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2. Posted by Carugatese, 14/08/2013 15:25

"I agree, it is probably too late to catch him. The clone of Schumacher has reached his climax, and Alonso lost the big chances to beat him three years ago. Last year's Ferrari wasn't performing enough to put Alonso on the right way."

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3. Posted by K1w1, 14/08/2013 13:52

"I agree, Vettel is almost unstoppable. Having said that, it'll only take one DNF, whether it be mechanical failure or crash, and it'll be game on.

And one last comment, from my point of view, the truly saddest part of this article... is that there was no need to even mention McLaren. I hope next season will be much better for what is one of the great teams."

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4. Posted by JackTheCat, 14/08/2013 13:16

"Good article and a good summary of the task facing anyone trying to catch Vettel.

Last year Alonso had a comfortable championship lead and then Red Bull/Vettel put together that run of four straight wins which not only propelled Vettel into a championship lead, but put enormous pressure on Alonso and Ferrari. As good as Alonso is at resisting pressure it was a lot harder for him from then on knowing that one DNF would drop him way back and the rest is history as they say.

The trouble is that last year whereas Alonso was leading the championship, but not in the fastest car Vettel is this year (alright it may not be clearly the fastest, but all things being equal it's still probably the pick of the bunch in terms of overall performance across all circuits/conditions). For him to lose the championship from here it needs someone to put pressure on him and soon. In my opinion someone has to win the next two races at Spa and Monza to have any chance of overhauling his lead and put that all important pressure on him.

Given the character of the two tracks I really cannot see Ferrari or Lotus winning either let alone both unless heat and tyres come into play (or they have made some huge advances in the summer break) which leaves us with Mercedes. If (and it's a huge if not massive if) they can overcome their tyre issues at both circuits they have a car that is more suited to them than any other on the grid so for the sake of the championship we had better hope that a) the tyre gremlins are gone and b) Lewis (or Nico) gets a bit of luck.

Without it I think Vettel will win at least one of the next two if not both and that will effectively be that!"

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