Sep 1, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT
Former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger believes that Sebastian Vettel has what it takes to beat Michael Schumacher’s long-standing records and become – statistically speaking – the greatest Formula One driver of all time.
At the age of 26, Vettel has already claimed three drivers’ titles and over thirty wins, and the German driver is on course for a fourth championship this year as he enjoys a forty-six point lead with just eight races remaining. For former Ferrari and McLaren driver Berger, he has what it takes to surpass Schumacher.
“[Vettel] is the exception,” Berger explained when asked by Bild about the luxury lifestyle many drivers enjoy.
“He focuses on the essentials: his work in the factory and on driving. That is why he is so successful.”
For this very same reason, Berger expects Vettel to beat Schumacher’s record of seven world championships and ninety-one race wins.
“Yes, I trust him to do that, especially with Red Bull and design-genius Newey. Vettel gets his fourth title this year and Schumacher’s records are clearly on the radar.”
Next weekend will see Vettel return to the site of his maiden grand prix victory, Monza, for the Italian Grand Prix. His first win came with Toro Rosso back in 2008, thrusting him into the limelight. Ever since though, the German driver has answered the majority of his critics by winning three titles and leading Red Bull’s cause to become a front-running team.
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