By Lee Dover | Formula 1
Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are set to go head-to-head in the battle to clinch the 2012 Formula One World Championship.
The next round of the battle takes place on Sunday with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as both drivers look to elevate themselves into motorsport’s elite.
To win three F1 world titles would put either Alonso or Vettel in a roll of honour that already includes such famous names as Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.
Vettel is in pole position to clinch the world championship right now, after successfully reining in Alonso and leading the drivers’ rankings by a comfortable 13 points.
Vettel has won the last four grand prix races and if the German keeps up his phenomenal run of form he will also become the third driver ever to have won three F1 world titles in a row. Schumacher and Fangio are the other two competitors to claim the feat in the past.
However, Vettel is not getting too ahead of himself with three races still to go…
It will be tough, but it has been like that all season long, so I don’t expect the situation to ease up.
We know we still have to go full throttle, and of course it helps to finish the races ahead of Alonso. To understand that you don’t have to be a genius. So for this weekend in Abu Dhabi the same level of concentration and skill is what is needed if we are to stay in front because with three races to go, a comfortable lead is an elusive thing.
Alonso is definitely up for the challenge of putting the brakes on Vettel’s momentum. In a philosophical statement, the Spaniard tweeted this message to his followers earlier in the week.
Vettel is currently priced at 8/11 with Paddy Power to win his fifth grand prix in a row in Abu Dhabi this weekend, though there is plenty of value with the odds of 4/1 for Alonso to claim victory on the Yas Marina circuit for the first time in his career.