The best-kept secrets of electric cars

#Bornelectric - Find out some of the best-kept secrets of battery-powered cars - Sponsored.

More missed races for Honda's Pedrosa?

Honda's Dani Pedrosa could be forced to sit out his third consecutive MotoGP - find out the prognosis for his injured arm...

'Free rein' for Vettel in 2012

2012-02-15 07:41

THE BEANIE TO BEAT: Sebastian Vettel is hot for the 2012 F1 World title, his boss says. This shot was taken at Jerez during testing there in February, 2012. Image: AFP

BERLIN, Germany - Sebastian Vettel has the potential to be even more dominant in F1 in 2012 and is likely to take a third consecutive World title with ease.

That, at least, is the view of Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz who warned on Tuesday: "He still has great potential because his experience, his consistency and his domination in different situations will be given free rein."

TEAM TO BEAT

Mateschitz, in a interview with Speedweek magazine, added: "His focus in qualifying was already part of his strength but he's going to be even stronger in competition because he knows the complexity of his sport even better now."

After their latest World double - 2011 Drivers' and Constructors' titles - and despite a change to F1's rules, Mateschitz believes Red Bull will again be the team to beat in 2012. He also expects an even fiercer battle between Vettel and veteran Australian team mate Mark Webber, 35.

"It's important for the team that the duo are quick and fight on an equal footing," Mateschitz said.

Vettel, 24, took his second World title with 11 wins, a record 15 pole starts and a 122-point winning margin over second-placed Briton Jenson Button. Webber was third.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Hamilton challenges Nico to 'race him'

'Mercedes said maybe he was just comfortable second and I said, 'well that's the difference between us,' said Lewis Hamilton as his relationship with team mate Nico Rosberg deteriorates.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.