During his triumphant visit to his hometown Heppenheim last week, Vettel reportedly told German reporters that “He (Alonso) still has not congratulated me.” Furthermore, the 23-year old champion shared his personal view of Alonso's attitude, adding that “someone from Heppenheim took the title from him.”
Leave aside the idiotic and childish comments expressed by Vettel – explainable by the emotions he now experiences as a world champion – it appears this whole “Alonso did not congratulate me” saga is only in the German's mind. At least that's the conclusion reached by many Italian viewers, who saw the Spaniard say only nice things about Vettel in a recent interview with Italy's broadcaster Rai.
“He was the fastest of all, with 10 pole positions and some mechanical problems that took points away from him, but he won in the end. Congratulations, but we hope that next year is more difficult for him,” said the 2-time world champion.
Additionally, the Spaniard preferred not to address Vettel's comments and rather focused on the job for next year, saying that as disappointing as losing the title in the last round was in 2010, all thoughts are now focused on how to make 2011 a better season.
“There's definitely a lot of sadness but at the same time thinking that 2011 will arrive soon when we can win as we know we can,” added Alonso.
“It happens when you are second in any sport; Wimbledon, (French Open tennis) Roland Garros, the World Cup, NBA – there is always a feeling of sadness. From 2011, I am expecting a lot. 2009 was a difficult year for Ferrari but now we are back in form, the worst is over.”