F1 » Vettel: I knew it would be hard to beat

Sebastian Vettel pleased to take pole in Korea as he seeks to move closer to the F1 title

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October 05, 2013 2:24 PM

Many people don't realize it, but we are watching the making of a true legend in Formula 1. With 4 titles (in a row) this will put him ahead of names like Senna, Clark, Mansell, Piquet, and Lauda.
For the next couple of generations the name "Vettel" will be known across the world. Who knows where this wunderkind will stop? Even Michael will be in his sights. He's only gonna need 3 more titles after this year to equal Schumi. There's no reason he can't do that or even better that feat. He's only 26.
Can you imagine a guy with EIGHT F1 titles? I won't be surprised.


October 05, 2013 3:19 PM

Well, there might be a difference between Schumi's hill and Vettel's: while FIA turned the rules up-side-down only after Schumi's 7-th title, they have done the same for Seb earlier.
But if that will be not enough to stop "the finger boy" next year, I'm afraid the booing will remain his last obstacle in climbing the hill as high (or higher) as Schumi did once.


October 05, 2013 3:48 PM

I agree RE Vettel. I was willing to call him great after the third title. It will be hard to deny after the 4th. OK he's had the best car, but he has routinely been destroying the guy on the other side of the garage, to the point where you almost don't think about a Webber victory any more. If you don't believe me, just look at the way all the pundits talk about races in the leadup. They all say "The Red Bull is strong so it looks like it could be another Vettel win", not "it could be another Vettel or Webber win". He's also been super consistent this year, and shown excellent racing craft, pushing just when he needs to and holding back at other times. I think he's become the complete racer.


October 05, 2013 4:08 PM

@Ptolemy "Many people don't realize it, but we are watching the making of a true legend in Formula 1. With 4 titles (in a row) this will put him ahead of names like Senna, Clark, Mansell, Piquet, and Lauda."

I think it's more accurate to say that what we're seeing is a team that manages and bends the rules intelligently provide a fast driver with the most consistently fast car in the field. Throw that into the context of other teams inability to sort themselves out, a team-mate who is past his prime and you'll find yourself with one guy winning multiple world championships. The legend here is RBR, Vettel is just riding the wave of it's success.


October 05, 2013 4:18 PM

Well said Zedd
I think that the media is guilty about Vettel's hype. The humans needs a hero that's human himself. So they cheer Vettel instead of the RB9 or the other cars. But the truth is that no F1 driver can be 2s to 2.5s a lap faster than his closest competitor by simple matter of skills. I am not saying that Vettel is not the best driver out there, I don't know it. But I do know that his cars has been the best in the last four years and he is delivering.

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