F1 » Lauda: Vettel will win anywhere

Niki Lauda says Sebastian Vettel can continue to be a success in F1, even if he leaves Red Bull in future

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December 01, 2012 4:33 PM

And I forgive you with that "scrap", because I have no intention to change your "simpathy" for one or another racer.
Even Lewis have beaten many times this year my boy, I still have a simpathy for him and this is why I do think he will have a good time at the silvers.Not as much as at McLaren maybe, but still will give Nico a run for his money !:)


December 01, 2012 5:30 PM

Fangio is not the only WDC with more than one team. Schumacher at Renault and Ferrari is one and strangely, he changed cars to a hopeless team that hadn't won a WCC for 20 years. Didn't do him much harm in the long run :)

On bikes, Rossi won on Honda and won on Yamaha. Then he went to Ducati (champion constructor at the time) and the world fell out his bottom. So changing teams doesn't necessarily help.

I think the test of Vettel (and many other drivers) will be the 2014 season when the next major rule changes apply. One car is almost certain to start off with an advantage over the others. Hamilton, I guess, assumes that will be Merc, Vettel's money is on RBR and Alonso's is on Ferrari. Things could be very different in 2015 though!


December 01, 2012 5:41 PM

Mrfill, I didn't say Fangio was the only driver to win a championship with 2 different teams, I said he was the only driver to win championships with MORE than 2 different teams.
Brabham, G Hill, Stewart, Fittipaldi, Lauda, Piquet, Prost and Schumacher all won championships with 2 constructors.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 5:44 PM

"Why Vettel wasn't leading until Japan this year. He had not the best car until this GP."

That's the conventional wisdom as established by the British press. I don't buy it though. The Asian GP's have been a Red Bull (or at least a Vettel) stronghold for the last few years. They/he always do well there. Is it because the tracks suit the car, or the tracks suit Vettel, or some of both?

It was the Asian GP's which made Vettel champion in 2010. He wasn't leading that year until Abu Dhabi.


December 01, 2012 6:03 PM

johno . i agree with yo about the current cars. they are now more or less equal, so it is unfair to say one car or the other is the fastest car. the differences at the top are in HUNDREDTHS, and with such minute differences, it is up to the skills of the driver and team, to get the win. thus, it does really seem as if it is the driver who can keep up a constant fast lap, who will eventually come out on top.

ty, now that it is off season, we can have some good history lessons. re fangio, if i remember correctly, fangio won a wdc whilst driving cars from different manufacturers, IN THE SAME YEAR. journeymen were not unusual.

Hertfordshire - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:04 PM

Reflecting further on Vettel's success, Lauda said there was little doubt that the Adrian Newey-designed car underneath him had been a key factor in him emerging from the season on top of the pile.

Lauda stating the obvious regards the Newey facotor and as good as Vettl is Newy's car will give the very to drivers in F1 an advantage, that's the difference between a very to driver like Vettel and a world class driver like Webber in the very top car one will give you results while the other will finish 5h in a top car.

And as for the top three driver mentoned by Lauda we have the most complete, the naturally fastest and the young gun who is ruthless when he has the tools at his disposal which he has had since 2009.

Gweed - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:09 PM


Lots of people stating that vettel will only be a great when he gets a title at a different team. Yet Senna is considered the greatest....i wasn't old enough back then to remember, but didnt Senna get his 3 titles with a mclaren? So, if that's true, cause i'm not sure, enlighten me on your logic.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:16 PM

All the other claims about Vettel - "He cracks under pressure" - "He can't drive in the rain" - "He is useless unless he starts from the front" - "He can't overtake" - have been exploded this year. I suppose this "He has to win with a different team" is the last line of defence for the deniers.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:38 PM

In the last four years there have been 17 GP's in Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, and Abu Dhabi.

Of those 17 Vettel won 11, came second once, came third twice, and came fourth once. He had two mechanical DNF's - both times while leading the race.

If you are a competing driver your goal should be to have a big enough points lead heading to Asia to withstand Seb's inevitable success there. I hereby dub him "Asiameister".

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