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Webber expects Vettel to match Schumacher’s seven titles

Nov 11, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT


Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel may not have been the best of friends in their five years as team mates at Red Bull, but Webber showed his respect for his team mate’s abilities in a recent interview.

Webber told the Daily Mail he expects Vettel to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of winning seven world championship titles.

“Seb’s phenomenal, a very tough act,” said Webber. “I think he will reach Michael Schumacher’s total of seven championships, no problem.”

Vettel’s success is not just down to the strength of Red Bull’s cars in recent seasons, Webber added. “Seb has won a lot of races when the car has been good, but he has also won a lot when the car hasn’t been good.

“Seb is like Alain Prost, but with a qualifying lap at his fingertips. Impressive. Also, he hardly ever makes a mistake. It’s not all the car.”

“It’s been fascinating for me to be in the boxing ring with him. I will look back at that and, realize you have understood a lot about yourself from what went on. It was a big juicy part of Formula One.”

Webber has had a tough time alongside Vettel this year, being out-qualified 15 times to 2 and has not finished ahead of Vettel in any of the 13 races where both have seen the checkered flag. That includes the contentious Malaysian Grand Prix where Vettel ignored a late-race team order to finish behind Webber.

  1. azmanakasah - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I don’t care if Vettel win 8, 9 or 20 title. But if all the title he won is with RBR, then he is no match with Schumacher or Alain Prost
    Vettel must prove he is the greatest formula 1 driver by winning the championship with multiple team.

  2. lowboytrucking - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    You better watch you say. The Vettel support group will thumbs down you to death!

  3. Jeff - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Why azmanakasah?

  4. azmanakasah - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Vettel support group can thumb down me as many as they like. But as I said, true champion can win the championship with what ever car he race. If Vettel can win the championship with William or Ferrari or McLaren maybe Mercedes then he is a true champion like Schumacher or Alain Prost

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