Sebastian Vettel’s Suzuka crash was an embodiment of the kind of “perfect year” he has enjoyed in 2011.
That is the claim of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, referring to the Red Bull driver’s nudge into the Degner wall on Friday morning.
The fact Vettel lost no track time, because the crash happened right at the end of the session and the mechanics had enough time to repair the car for the afternoon, shows that “When you do everything right, everything goes right for you”.
“This has been a perfect year for him, also with a tremendous superiority of his car,” Alonso is quoted by the EFE news agency.
“He has always done a perfect job in the moments that he had to; with his pole positions, in the races, with his problems only on the Fridays.
“There have been some extremely difficult races, for example in the rain in Canada where he managed to stay calm to finish second.
“It is true that he has had some luck but he has done the perfect job at the key moments,” the Spaniard added.
On Suzuka, Alonso said Vettel might finally be challenged by a rival team – McLaren – in the qualifying hour, with championship rival Jenson Button topping every practice timesheet.
But the Briton played down his tiny mathematical chances.
“It’s like challenging a four year old to a 100 metre race. You’d totally destroy him,” said Button.
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