Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel and Schumacher: who is better?

Vettel and Schumacher are both German  (©GettyImages)
Vettel and Schumacher are both German (©GettyImages).

Vettel and Schumacher will go down as two of the greatest F1 drivers we will ever see but there are big differences in the campaigns of both drivers.

Vettel has had to face more powerful rivals like Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Nico Rosberg and his teammate, Mark Webber.

Schumacher has also faced good opposition like Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve, but I don't think that they are at the same level as some of today’s drivers. Schumacher also had the best car and the best tires when he won his five championships at Ferrari.

Vettel’s relationship with Webber has not been a bed of roses with incidents including their coming together in Turkey, the front wing being taken from Mark and given to Sebastian and of course the famous 'multi 21 incident'.

In the 'multi 21 incident' Vettel was only getting his own back on his teammate who had failed to help him and the team in Interlagos when they asked Webber to support Vettel, which he failed to do and he started a chain of events that led to Sebastian having that crash on the first lap in Brazil which almost cost him his third championship.

When Mark was asked to release Sebastian he failed to do so he has also ignored the team’s order twice. Sebastian has only done it once and has been wrongly been marked as public enemy number one which is not fair on Sebastian.

Schumacher was always given priority against his team mates like Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello, and Felipe Massa, especially evident at the 2002 Austrian GP where Barrichello was leading the race, only told to slow down by the team a few meters from the line to allow Schumacher to pass and take the win.

Vettel has had the best car in two out of three championships he has won. In 2012 McLaren did have the best car overall, but Ferrari was the better car in the wet conditions.

Also, Red Bull were suffering because of the rule changes that season taking away their previous advantage. Red Bull hit back and got their act to together after Monza and said to the world "we are not done yet" after people said it was over for them.

The critics who have said Sebastian Vettel cannot overtake like he did in Italy 2011 when Alonso tried to put him on the grass. He had none of it and performed an amazing overtake on Alonso. In Belgium 2012 when he had a bad qualifying and lost some places after that big crash at the start, he hit back and finished it well deserving his second place finish.

In Abu Dhabi when he was thrown out of qualifying and started from the pit lane, he fought back even with front wing damage and finished third on a track with a low amount of overtaking.

Finally, in Brazil he was hit on the first lap and suffered major damage to a major part of the car. He suffered from radio problems and a call from Red Bull to come into the pits, which turned out to be wrong. In spite of the damage he fought back to finish sixth despite facing the wrong way on the first lap.

Sadly for Schumacher, people will think of his time in F1 with the words like “controversy”, “dangerous driving”, “team orders” and “win no matter what” which he seems to have passed on to Sebastian.

 Both drivers have been the kings of their teams but a big difference is that Michael has bullied his team mates.

Vettel cannot be blamed for what Mark had chosen to do. In my view Vettel will go down as the better driver, simply because he has faced a higher class of opposition.

I am not saying Schumacher wasn't a great driver but Vettel is still only 26 and is only going to get better.They say a driver is at his best in his late 20s and early 30s so watch this space.

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