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."