Schumacher: Sebastian is able to achieve seven titles, he is still so young and hungry

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are mates

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are mates

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has tipped his countryman, protege and mate Sebastian Vettel to eventually beat his record tally of seven World Championships.

In Austin at the weekend, Red Bull’s dominant quadruple title winner surpassed Schumacher’s decade-old record of seven wins in a single season.

Vettel, still just 26, was visibly and audibly emotional when grappling with the significance of the feat, admitting that Schumacher had been an ‘idol’ in his youth.

“That’s the first I hear of that,” 44-year-old Schumacher, who retired for the second time at the end of last season, said to RTL television when told that his friend Vettel considers him a hero.

Schumacher said that Vettel can “now stand on his own two feet” as a true Formula 1 great.

“If you look at the consistency of his performances and how he achieves it, it is very unique,” the great German said.

Sebastian Vettel with Michael Schumacher back in 2006

Sebastian Vettel with Michael Schumacher back in 2006

“There are some really good drivers in the field, but someone who is able to pull together all the facets of the sport so efficiently is very unusual,” Schumacher added.

He admitted that there are “many parallels” between Vettel’s career and his own.

“I am sure that when he was a boy he would sit in front of the TV and try to analyse what I am doing. The nice thing is that even now he still calls me and asks questions,” said Schumacher.

From that platform, Schumacher added, Vettel could go on to become Formula 1′s first ever eight-time World Champion.

“I have always had the attitude that records are made to be broken,” he said.

“It is clearly the case that Sebastian is able to achieve the seven titles, as he is still so young and hungry. Maybe he can even go past it. I will definitely cross my fingers for him.” (GMM)

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  • TWD

    11 wdc for both of these gentlemen….that is whopping

  • torque

    “I will definitely cross my fingers for him.”… the mark of a true champion, In my wildest dreams I couldn’t see Alonso saying that.

  • Taskmaster

    The one attribute the two share, is they simply approach(ed) driving as their job. They just go to work and do the best they are capable of – as expert in avoiding distractions as they are driving. Add to this strong strong natural driving aptitude and car sensitivity, a healthy dose of in-car focus, team building, a ruthless competitive nature and a sincere joy for what they do (did).. and you have the perfect Frankenstein formula for a successful F1 pilot. Raikkonnen without the parties, Alonso without the melodrama, and Hamilton without the rock star PR. There may be several drivers, past and present, with greater natural talent than both Vettel and Schumacher – none are quite their equal in single minded work ethic and all-in commitment.

  • Spartacus

    You also have to consider what F1 was like when Schumacher entered too. It wasn’t as professional as it is now. He’s the greatest driver of his generation and I think even he would admit that the competition now is even tougher. Which only goes further to state how impressive Vettel is. And that doesn’t take away anything from Schumacher!

    Standing on the Monza track that Vettel has just won his first race on I said to my friends he has future world champion written all over him. I said that Ferrari should take him as a driver and accept that he may not win in his first year or two. I have to admit that I was partly wrong about Vettel; he’s much better than I predicted! If he gets a decent car next year there’s every chance he’ll add to his total.

  • Ukwhite

    Tough day in the office, relaxing reading, thx