bill-swift - March 17, 2012
Last seasons Formula One season turned into a procession for Sebastian Vettel. After luckily winning the 2010 World Championship ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso the talented German went on to win 15 pole positions, 11 victories and 17 podiums from 19 races and amass over 392 points in the process. A stupendously impressive total in what was possibly the most dominating season a driver has ever experienced.
However 2012 will see 6 World Champions sit on the podium in the shape of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian himself, each one of which will believe that they can win the Championship. However which driver is most suited to finish first come November? And can anyone stop Sebastian?
Fernando Alonso - Once upon a time Fernando Alonso was regarded as the golden boy of Formula 1. The double world champion from 2005 and 2006 has struggled to settle in any car since he left Bennetton but now that he is in his 3rd season at Ferrari he really needs to start delivering championships. However his pre-season performances do not look too promising.
Sebastian Vettel - Can anyone stop him? The gap between Sebastian and the rest of the paddock is so massive that a successful season for most would be to simply halve the gap between themselves and the German. If Vettel was to win a third successive campaign he would legitimately be on a level with Senna, Schumacher and Fangio as one of the greatest drivers to ever grace the sport.
Jenson Button - However if any driver can displace Sebastian Jenson Button might be the best placed person to defeat him. Since storming to the championship in 2009 Jenson has matured and grown into his position as one of the most experienced individuals behind the wheel. He is a master in wet conditions too.
Lewis Hamilton - Is he as talented as Vettel? Yes, in fact he is probably more talented but it is his temperament that has made the Englishman fall behind the blonde German. If he can remain calm, cool and collected Hamilton could be unstoppable.
The Winner? You can't look beyond Vettel I'm afraid.
Article by Gregory Wakeman
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