Is it just me, or is the thought of that finger, raised aloft in celebration of yet another championship victory, a difficult image to swallow this season? Sebastian Vettel, all but written off at the beginning of the season, seems to have once again cemented the yellow nose of his Red Bull Renault to the front of the grid. The Formula One boomerang swooped back into contention, lodging itself right between the eyebrows of Championship leader Fernando Alonso.
Today’s Fernando Alonso is not the man he once was. Sure, he’s competitive and focussed, but gone are the hissy fits of the McLaren era, the accusations, the petulance. Happy at a Ferrari team who finally seem to have finally got over the loss of Michael Schumacher (no offence Kimi), he sits at the head of a family, each member with the Spaniard’s happiness at the forefront of their minds. Within his cocoon he has flourished in a terrible car, the measure of the man is evident, Fernando continues to go from strength to strength. Even (at last) Felipe is benefiting from the atmosphere, his performances are improving, and so will his confidence. Obviously this isn’t a coincidence, a happy team-mate is a helpful team-mate I would imagine…
Sebastian is also likeable, he’s boyish, strolling round in his baggy shorts and backpack. I hope he takes his ID around with him, because I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to ask for it if he was buying a pint! The issue seems to be that Formula One needs that little hiccup in Seb’s blueprint plans for World Driver Championship domination, even Michael Schumacher took a four year sabbatical after his back-to-back wins. Fans of Formula One were bored by 2011, win after win, the finger waved from podium after podium. DRS and Kers helped the guys behind battle it out, but once the number one RBR had shot round the first corner, the only thing left to do was read the word ‘Infinity’ from the back of the rear wing!
Fernando would make a great World Champion, it would breath life into Ferrari. It would prove to an army of Formula One fans that a great driver does not need the best equipment to succeed, because a true racing legend could win in a shopping trolley! Sebastian has the best equipment, despite the updates only really shining in the second half of the season, and once again he’s trying to run off into the sunset.
May the best man win, but let him prove his worth, not coast in without breaking a sweat.