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Vettel backs Alonso, Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel backs Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to join the list of F1 greats
Sebastian Vettel has backed Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton as two drivers on the F1 grid who will go on to become all-time greats.

Speaking to the BBC during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the double world champion was quizzed about which of his current rivals could go on to be classed amongst the best drivers to have competed in the sport with Alonso and Hamilton being the two to get mention from the Red Bull ace.

"The ones that stand out are probably Fernando, he's one of the most complete drivers,” he said. “Lewis is very, very quick. There are plenty of others. Michael [Schumacher] is still in the game. I don't think he has lost it.

"At the moment we have a lot of drivers performing at a similar level - it is very competitive. It is a long list at the moment. We have had a lot of different winners this season and all of those drivers are very competitive and very fast."

Vettel added that the number of titles won by a driver shouldn't be the only thing used to define greatness even if success plays a 'big part' in deciding how a driver should be judged.

"If you look at great names from the past, drivers like Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart... they all won a lot of titles,” he said. "But there are other names that stay in your head and stay around because they had something extra. They were special.

"All F1 drivers are very quick, but those guys had something extra, something maybe the people loved, he was very entertaining, it was very special to watch him driving the car.

"There are plenty of other characters who maybe didn't win the title but are still people's heroes and rightly so."



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jackbrabhamfan - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 5:08 PM

Richard, you ask..."suddenly there is a great amount of back-slapping going on! i wonder why?" Could it be, because these guys actually know what they are talking about, unlike keyboard jockeys like me and you?

jackbrabhamfan - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 6:40 PM

"but there are some on this site that have a far greater knowledge and insight into the sport, than others, who readily confess that they are fanboys." Unless one has firsthand experience of driving an F1 car in racing situations or designing or working on these complex machines everything else is chaff and inherent bias. When you say "some of these drivers have in the past, severly criticised their immediate opponents, particularly lulu against ferdi". I am sad to note that you do not show Mr Hamilton the courtesy of referring to him by his given name or even an abbreviated form of his given name, where as those two world champions, Mr. Vettel and Mr. Alonso always refer to him as "Lewis" or "Hamilton". If they have a disagreement on the circuit, they are mature enough to address it and move on, because they know how it is to drive an F1 car in anger. We deskjockeys who have never known the feeling and probably never will should at least aspire to be as mature as these F1 Cha



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