F1 » Ascanelli: Vettel in same league as Senna

Sebastian Vettel is in the same league as Ayrton Senna according to Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli

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ads - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:44 AM

seems a bit of a pointless comment and story to be honest. despite being exceptional at racing, both were/are highly flawed and therefore to claim 'perfection' is just nonsense.

Tony Smith - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:47 AM

Giorgio should be careful when he chooses to be blasphemous. There is only one Senna and I wish people would stop trying to compare drivers to him. He was so much more than a mere racing driver and comparing him is just plain foolish.

Dave - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:51 AM

Mmmmm you could arguably put Vettel into the same league of Senna, in respect to both being lucky enough to be in the best car for more than one season, and taking full advantage of that with "easy" wins/championships. But that league is way way down on Alain Prost's and Michael Schumachers, both of these drivers proved to the world they were in the most elitist league of F1 drivers, capable of winnning or almost winning championships in the third or fourth most fastest car in a season...nuff said

chriszx7 - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:59 AM

Senna in the Toleman-Hart at Monaco in the rain catching Prost(Renault) so fast that the French authorities called the race and awarded half points. Prost lost the championship by half a point that year. Karma?
Instead of half a first place points, the 6 for second would have given him the chanpionship.

Helmut - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 12:05 PM

It is his view, and he is entitled to it. You all have your views, and you are entitled to them.

The difference is, he has worked in the industry, alongside these people. It is for that reason that his view carries more weight than the views of the assembled armchair-experts.

PDALG - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 12:06 PM

Nonsense comment. Vettel has yet to prove he can pass anyone, and had had a vastly superior car for the last year. I'm not saying he's any worse than very good, just it's far too early to bracket him with true greats. He also needs to be measured against a good team mate, and I'm not convinced Webber is that quick.

Senna being in the best cars? Toleman, Lotus, the best?? He and Prost were pretty evenly matched as far as I remember at McLaren.

Rodriguez 917 - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 12:10 PM

@ Dave, how can you say Senna always had the best car? Look at 1993 when he was in the Ford engined McLaren. I remember seeing onboard shots at Silverstone when Prost had enough power to literally drive past him and he still couldn't get through. He had 5 wins in that season in a car that had no right winning a race. Also in the Toleman in 1984, he scored podiums in a car that was a joke in the previous 3 years.

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