Legendary motorsports commentator Murray Walker reckons it is 'very likely' Sebastian Vettel will beat the F1 records established by Michael Schumacher in the coming years.
Vettel clinched his third world title in succession in Brazil last month and while he is still some way off the seven notched up by Schumacher, Murray reckons the Red Bull Racing man definitely has time on his side.
“He is very likely to beat Schumacher's record. It was unthinkable until recently but records are there to be beaten and usually are,” the 89-year-old told Britain's Metro
“Vettel is a lot further on in his career at 25 than Michael was and he has got at least another ten, maybe 15 years ahead of him.
“So if he doesn't beat the record it will mean he hasn't made very good choices about the car he drives. But he is a very astute bloke and I don't think he will make bad choices.”
Meanwhile, Walker, known for years as the voice of F1, added that the sport now is enjoying a real golden age, better even than the 1980s, when the likes of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell led the way.
“I used to say the 1980s was a golden period but the last three seasons have exceeded that," Murray added
"They have been three wonderful years with each seeming to get better than the last when you couldn't believe that was possible.
“I mean, the climax to 2012 with that race in Brazil was unbelievable, with Vettel spinning backwards and then recovering to become a triple world champion.
"[F1 boss] Bernie Ecclestone is accused of writing the script for these races. But if he did for that one, he is an absolute genius.”