Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber has urged him to go on and clinch the championship at this weekend’s penultimate race of the season here at the United States Grand Prix, rather than take the title battle to the final race in Brazil thereafter.
Webber said that it is necessary for Vettel to seal the title at the brand new Circuit Of The Americas in Texas given the tough conditions in Sao Paolo, Brazil where a number of races in the past have been hindered by weather problems.
“Austin’s a very important weekend because Brazil can throw up some funnies. There can be a bit of rain around there, so that’s a bit more of a nervous venue. I’m not saying it can’t rain at Austin, but Brazil can be incredibly inconsistent with the weather, so that might come into the mix,” Webber said.
Vettel currently leads the drivers’ championship with 255 points, while second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is just 10 points away (245). Third-placed Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Webber (fourth) are on 198 and 167 points respectively, so virtually out of contention for the top spot.
For Vettel to retain the title, he must ensure that the gap between him and Alonso is more than 25 points at the end of this weekend.
Webber though, felt the title battle may be a thriller at all. He said: “They may not even see each other on-track. That’s the way it turns out sometimes. It’s a bit like an FA Cup final or the rugby league grand final. Sometimes, it just doesn’t live up to the hype.”
Lewis Hamilton keen to be first Grand Prix winner in Austin
McLaren ace Lewis Hamilton, who won in in Indianapolis five years ago — the last time a Formula One race was held stateside — is keen to repeat history this weekend in Texas.
“It’s crazy to think the last US GP was five years ago. It’s a race I still remember like yesterday. I took my second Grand Prix win in the space of a week,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“Those were incredible times and I’m made up as we’re going back to the States. I’ve only driven the track on the PS3 and simulator — but I think it’s going to be a track that drivers enjoy. I’m looking to be the first Grand Prix winner there,” added Hamilton. —