Alonso concedes but enjoys new record

Confirmation of Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive world title is only a tire width away. 

He is so far ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso that even if he does not race again this year, the 26-year-old German will be champ again.  

At least Alonso was happy to have broken the all-time Formula 1 points record, but admitted this year’s championship is over.  

The Spaniard finished fourth in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to pass Michael Schumacher in the all-time points list.  

But he is 90 points behind race-winner Vettel with only 100 available.  

“Even if Vettel doesn’t finish all of the races I need to win nearly all, so it’s a matter of time until Vettel is champion,” Alonso said.  

On his own accomplishment, he admitted he had benefited from the fact that slightly more of his career than Schumacher’s had come after 2010 when points awarded were more than doubled and extended to 10th place.  

Alonso has now scored 1,571 points in his 12-year career, two more than Schumacher. Vettel is third on 1,351.  

The next grand prix is in India on Oct. 27 when Vettel is likely to claim the title. Red Bull Racing also has a 118-point lead in the team championship. Sunday’s race was watched by the Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands at its usual home, Lone Star Bar and Grill on West Bay Road. Everyone makes a small donation to charity and gets included in a free draw for some cool prizes.  

Club organizer Danny Roach said, “I want to thank everyone for giving so generously, we had about 30 fans and we raised $181 for Cayman HospiceCare.” 

Another $175 was raised by auctioning a Red Car replica car, paid for jointly by Andreas “Zulu” Kettner and Donald Thompson.  

“Congratulations to the winners of the door prizes kindly provided by Morgan’s Harbour Restaurant, Automotive Art and Cayman Distributors Group,” added Roach. 

“I also thank Gary Bromfield and Cayman Airways for providing a return air flight for one to either Miami or Tampa to be part of our grand prize draw at the final race of the season at the Cayman Motor Museum, complete with Champagne and food. 

“We are still planning on having the final race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 24 to be hosted by one of our club members, Andreas Ugland at the museum he owns.  

“This is a very generous offer and a most excellent location to watch our final race of the season and have our grand prize draws.” 

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Fernando Alonso has conceded the drivers’ title but at least he has now scored the most points in F1 history. – PHOTO: AP
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