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Berger expects Vettel to beat Schumacher’s records

Sep 1, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

Sebatian Vettel AP

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.

  1. robisley - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Yeah, as long as he is driving a Newey designed car……..

    • cuencanolenny - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      By your logic then Mark Webber has been 2nd in Championship points for the last three and a half years. Oops, he hasn’t been anywhere near that position just as Massa hasn’t been anywhere near Alonso in points. Vettel is an exceptional driver.

      • raayn2000 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        We’ll have to see how he does when he doesn’t have the dominant car under his ass. Fernando wins without the best ride. He’s a far better racer for my money.

    • awangselamat - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Ahhhh…. that’ol “just because he’s in a Newey car” comment.

      If so, Why couldn’t Webber match him? Why couldn’t DC match Mika Hakkinen back in ’98/’99? Why couldn’t Fretzen match Villeneuve back in ’97? Those were Newey cars too.

  2. indycarseries500 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    We’ll have to see how Red Bull adapts to the new rule set, They weren’t exactly going anywhere before the major 2009 rule changes.

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