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Sebastian Vettel: Immortality beckons

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Vettel was once again booed on the podium in Singapore (©GettyImages)
Vettel was once again booed on the podium in Singapore (©GettyImages).

Just what do you have to do to beat Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull?

That’s been the question in the Formula 1 paddock for the last four years and, despite all the efforts, no one has found an answer yet.

Not even the power and history of Ferrari or McLaren have been able to stall the German’s dominance; past champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have all tried but only ended up competing to be best of the rest.

Sunday’s astounding victory at the Singapore Grand Prix means that Vettel now leads his nearest Championship rival Alonso by 60 points with 150 still to play for.

Being the same nationality as Michael Schumacher, Vettel has often been associated with the seven times champion. But with Vettel now on the brink of claiming title number four, the twenty-six year old is beginning to strive toward Schumacher’s legendary status, threatening to surpass his seven world titles.

Some may argue that the German has had the fastest car for the last few seasons and that he’s not a team player following his overtake on Mark Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix when Vettel was clearly told to say behind Webber for the good of the team.

At recent races, Vettel has been booed while standing on the podium, after his superior displays have resulted in rather routine victories.

Could this simply be jealously at the talent and brilliance of the German’s performances? He can still take huge credit even if his triumphs aren’t the greatest spectacle.

It’s not just titles Vettel is claiming, race after race we watch the German storm to pole position, cruise to victory and then just to top it off set the fastest lap in the closing stages. If that’s not domination of a sport then what is?

One thing that’s certain is Vettel will go into the F1 history books as one of the greatest drivers ever. When he’s there it won’t be other people’s opinions that count only what he has achieved.

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