Former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore has claimed that Sebastian Vettel isn't
the best driver on the F1 grid, despite the Red Bull man taking the championship crown for the second straight season.
Vettel secured the point he needed in the Japanese Grand Prix to become the youngest double champion in history, and extend a stunning record this season that has seen him finish on the podium in every race this season bar his home event in Germany – where he took fourth.
Indeed, Japan was only the second race this year where Vettel has failed to finish inside the top two, with nine victories in the 15 races run so far.
However, despite his impressive record, Vettel isn't the best man on the grid according to Briatore, who would put two of the young German's rivals ahead of him.
"Vettel is definitely good," he told Corriere dello Sport
. "But he has won because he has been the best to manage his phenomenal machine. He is not the best.
“Imagine a race with everyone racing the same car; Vettel would be behind Fernando Alonso and also Lewis Hamilton."
Briatore did however concede that there was one part of the race weekend where Vettel wouldn't be beaten.
"Over one lap I see him in pole position, “ he said, “with Hamilton second and Alonso third."