September 20th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- The double and defending champion sits fourth in the general drivers' standings, 39 points less than the leader Fernando Alonso. That seems to be a large margin, but there are two variables to consider that make a case for the German to believe the crown could still be his.
One, in 2010 Vettel arrived to Singapore in third position and was 24 points below Webber for the Championship. He ended up winning it in the very last race. Two, that year Singapore marked the first of the last five races on the calendar while this year there are seven races left, in other words, more points for grabs.
During today's press conference the German was asked about his championship chances an he responded cautiously: "I think that after the weekend in Belgium it looked much better, after last weekend in Monza it didn't look as good, so I think things can change quickly, so I don't see any reason why it should change now."
Regarding the Red Bull's car, the RB8, the German took the team side angle when asked if "Car is a little inconsistent in terms of circuit to circuit?" to which he replied: "Not really. I think that if you look at all the races that we've had so far I think consistency is the most important thing and I think we always have a car that was good enough to finish in the top five.
I think that's pretty consistent, if you look at the championship so far. I think that's what you need and that's what you'll need until the end of the year. Obviously the more points you score the better it is but surely we were not in a position to win every race this year but I think we had a good car and I don't see why it should change in the next couple of races."
One can say that technical failures are rarity nowadays, but Button, Webber, Grosjean and Vettel has suffered them this year.
"Obviously it's not a nice thing to happen." Vettel said in regards the failures, but he showed confidence in his team finding a lasting solution to avoid another failure to occur.
If a couple of good results contrast with not so great finished from Alonso, surely Vettel will climb up. The problem lies not only with the Spaniard, but also with Hamilton, which seems to be going in upward direction; his teammate Webber and the perennial points-eater of Raikkonen.
From the 2nd to the 4th the point separation between then is just one unit.