Sebastian Vettel insists that Michael Schumacher is still the best F1 driver of all-time despite Lewis Hamilton equalling his seven world titles… and he says the German legend ‘unlocked an extra level’
- Sebastian Vettel says Michael Schumacher unlocked new levels of Formula One
- He claims Schumacher possessed a talent that he is yet to see again in the sport
- Vettel insists he is still the best in the sport, despite Lewis Hamilton’s success
- Hamilton equalled Schumacher’s record by claiming his seventh world title
Hamilton achieved the record-breaking feat by clinching the Turkish Grand Prix with a superb drive earlier this month – winning the race by 31 seconds after coming back from sixth place.
Nevertheless, Vettel has insisted that ‘Michael is still the best of all time’ as he ‘unlocked another level of F1’ and displayed a talent that is yet to be replicated in the sport.
Sebastian Vettel (L) believes Michael Schumacher (R), the pair are pictured together in 2011, was better than Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton matched Schumacher’s number of title wins after claiming his seventh world crown
Vettel, who will leave Ferrari for Aston Martin next season, told MotorSport: ‘I still say that Michael is the best of all time for me.
‘When it came down to it, he unlocked a kind of extra level. I have never felt this fascination, this talent in anyone else.’
Vettel previously referred to Schumacher as his ‘hero’ and claimed it was his ‘natural ability’ that made him so successful.
He said: ‘I think he was better than anybody else I’ve ever seen so far. I think he had a natural talent that is very difficult to explain.’
Nevertheless, Vettel believes Schumacher had a ‘talent’ that he hasn’t seen in the sport since
Vettel has praised the Ferrari legend (above) for ‘unlocking’ an extra level in the sport
‘I think if you saw him go-karting, obviously I didn’t see him at a young age but I did at an older age, and I was happy to join him in the Race of Champions a couple of times. So you see a little bit more of the skills and the car control.
‘On top of that, he had an incredible work ethic, but I think it’s the combination of the two that for me stands out. I haven’t seen a match yet.’
Following his retirement from F1 in 2006, Schumacher came back for a spell between 2010 and 2012.
In December 2013 he suffered an horrific skiing accident in the French Alps. As a result he was put into a medically induced coma following a traumatic brain injury. His condition has been shrouded in mystery ever since, with few updates on his recovery.
It is believed that the Ferrari legend has been moved to a £27million mansion in Majorca.
Schumacher vs Hamilton
Fastest laps: 77
Win ratio: 30 per cent
Schumacher won seven championships, two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and then an unprecedented five on the spin for Ferrari at the turn of the century.
A controversial driver, he collided with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve at the 1994 and 1997 championship deciders, before he was adjudged to have deliberately parked his Ferrari at Monaco in 2006 to prevent Fernando Alonso from setting a lap in qualifying.
Little is known of Schumacher’s current medical health following a skiing crash on holiday with his family in the French Alps in 2013.
Fastest laps: 53
Win ratio: 35 per cent
Hamilton was the youngest world champion when he won his first title in 2008 – a record since broken by Sebastian Vettel – and 12 years later he is firmly among the elite.
His tally of victories, pole positions and podiums is the most ever and he is set to gun for a record-breaking eighth championship next season.
It seemed as if Schumacher’s record of seven world titles would stand for an eternity when he clinched his last crown in Belgium 16 years ago… but there is no stopping Hamilton right now!