Adrian Newey does not equate record breaking statistics with greatness, but nevertheless is convinced that triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel will etch his name among the greats of Formula 1.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Newey was asked if he felt that Vettel would match, or even better the seven world titles of Michael Schumacher – he replied, “Yes, of course it would be fantastic if Sebastian could go on to eclipse Michael’s record. But that doesn’t necessarily define greatness.”
“When we talk about the all-time greats, the names of Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, they come up, as well as Michael of course, [Juan Manuel] Fangio of course, all those names jump to mind. Some of them have had, in terms of championships, a fraction of the success of Michael,” said Red Bull’s design guru.
“So there is that intangible thing that defines greatness, which isn’t simply results. And I think what Sebastian is well on the way to doing is establishing himself as one of the all-time greats,” he concluded.
At 26 Vettel has already bagged three Formula 1 world titles and is cruising to his fourth. Vettel has won 33 grands prix, 32 of which were in Red Bull cars designed by newey and one victory (his first) in a Toro Rosso which was a evolution of the Red Bull RB3 – also a product of Newey’s drafting board.
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