Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel finally receives deserved praise

Vettel is beginning to silence his critics after a tough year (©GettyImages)
Vettel is beginning to silence his critics after a tough year (©GettyImages).

After a season dogged by booing and questions, Sebastian Vettel is finally earning the respect he deserves after claiming an almost unprecedented seventh straight win in Abu Dhabi.

Despite the world championship being over, the German couldn’t stop winning at Yas Marina taking advantage of his better tyre conservation and ultimately winning by over half a minute from his team-mate Mark Webber.

Now the media particularly in Italy are running out of words to describe Vettel’s performances.

“Like Schumacher, Vettel is insatiable,” said the daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Perfect, unassailable, invincible. It’s as though he’s in another category.”

Another major sports daily, Corriere dello Sport, agreed: “Although he has conquered his fourth title, Vettel shows no signs of fatigue or alack of motivation.”

Italy’s biggest daily La Repubblica added: “For Vettel, the track seems shorter, the corners smoother — he drives like a prima ballerina dances, with elegance and strength.”

Corriere della Sera continued: “Vettel is a voracious master, using a racetrack created just for him, with an enemy badly under pressure from such a phenomenon.”

And as for his big boss at Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz he probably had the biggest claim of all.

“Sebastian is a talent of the century,” he said.

“But the extreme cohesion and outstanding performance of the whole team was also exceptional,” he added speaking to Austria’s Servus TV.

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