F1 » JYS: Vettel no F1 great

Sir Jackie Stewart believes that Sebastian Vettel needs to prove himself away from Adrian Newey-designed cars before he can be called an F1 'great', but suggests the German would be mad to go to Ferrari just now....

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LJ - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:10 PM

No doubt Vettel is a talent. He irritates me as does Alonso, but they're both great drivers.. I can admit that. However, Vettel has shown to be good to average when the Red Bull isn't the fastest car. Webber outperforming him the first half of this season. Alonso can be considered a great because he hasn't had the best car in the last few years yet he's been in contention for the title a couple of times because he can extract more than you'd expect out of an average car, often gaining podiums and wins where others wouldn't.

I'd welcome seeing Vettel at another team, because quite frankly I don't see him dominating in a Mclaren , Ferrari or Mercedes.

Wacko - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:19 PM

SJS anglo-angle on all things is just part of his repertoire. Commentary such as this is so poorly founded it is just sad. What tangible evidence is there to suggest that in order to be “one of the Greats” a driver needs to spread it (bounding from team to team) around? In my day (which is today I might add!) to be considered “great” you went into battle, took on all comers, no quarter asked or given, and you prevailed no matter the circumstance! F1 cars are built around their drivers input and data acquisition and without that, a superior car cannot be built! The old GIGO adage comes to mind. Vettel is giving Newey the best empirical data in the sport and Newey is giving him the car to do the job! Great indeed!

tomcol - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:51 PM

Stewart always was a big mouth and know it all. What is a F1 great anyway? Vettel is currently the most successful driver in terms of championships in recent years. Also proved fast in Torro Rosso cars as well.


October 17, 2012 3:52 PM

Wow, my sentiments exactly. Sir Jackie you really have hit the nail on the head with this story. Before we can give full jugdement to any driver and I must add this goes for Lewis as well, lets see how they perform in another team.

shaken - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 4:08 PM

So this old man (JYS) is still hanging about...Wish he stayed at home like most other old timers. His 2 F1 titles (or whatever it was) does not exactly make him a 'legend' either. Nigel Mansell really set tracks alight in F1 including at Cart/IndyCar and never really got the credit he deserved. At least he keeps his nose out of other peoples business.

Kevin - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 4:18 PM

Drivers in the past swapped teams frequently - chasing the fastest cars/teams and filling seats of dead drivers. Looking back seems to indicate that great drivers proved themselves by winning for several teams. This fails to recognize that the fastest drivers were given first shot at seats in the fastest cars, thus given the greatest opportunities to win. Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton are modern greats beyond any doubt, how that relates to history is irrelevant, regardless of the rants of an old great Scot.

Leo - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 4:37 PM

What's this guy in tartan cap going on about? Does he forget that Vettel won a race in a Toro Rosso, I think this in itself would make him an F1 great.
Why say these things anyway? What's the point, especially when it's a load of rubbish.
He should be encouraging the young lad.

F1 for Vettel - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 4:54 PM

me think vettel is a great and of course would be greater than JS pretty sooner than later. When you come up with some sentiment like this I only have to take in to account the older part in older and wiser. Sir, you can't leave Webber factor out in this Newey+vettel equation.

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