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Murray: Vettel can beat Schumacher's F1 records

Murray Walker thinks Sebastian Vettel could re-write the F1 record books and outdo Michael Schumacher

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 newspaper.

“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.”

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JohnO - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 6:47 PM

The remarks about Newey are getting embarrassing. The RB8 was a mediocre car, as can be seen by Webber finishing not just behind his teammate but also behind a Ferrari, a Lotus, and both McLarens. This years title was down to Vettel. Actually all three of them have been, but this year much moreso than the others. If and when Vettel and Webber finish the season one-two, in the fashion of Mansell-Patrese or Schumi-Rubens, that will be the time to talk about how great the cars are and how mighty a sorcerer Newey is.

cas - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 7:02 PM

I cant see any reason he cant match or beat Schumacher's stats, with 26 wins out of 101 starts to schumachers 91 in 308 starts potentially Vettel could have 78 wins out of 303 starts, its the same with pole positions he's on 36 at the moment but again that could hit 108 out of 303 starts -but thats only if he continues to qualify and win at his current pace records are there to be surpassed everyone thought Sennas pole positions wouldnt be beaten and that no-one would beat mansell's 14 poles in a season

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