After beating one of Michael Schumacher’s most impressive records at the United States Grand Prix last weekend, the great German believes Sebastian Vettel will also go on and beat his record of seven world championships.
Vettel surpassed Schumacher’s record of seven straight wins with his eighth in Austin on Sunday and after the race a clearly emotional four-time world champion was struggling to come to terms with what he had achieved.
Indeed the 26-year-old admitted it was hard to comprehend he had bettered a record held by his “idol”.
“That’s the first I hear of that,” 44-year-old Schumacher, told RTL television when told his friend Vettel considers him a hero.
The former Ferrari and Mercedes driver also believes Vettel can stand up to being put in the list of all-time F1 greats.
“If you look at the consistency of his performances and how he achieves it, it is very unique,” Schumacher said.
“There are some really good drivers in the field, but someone who is able to pull together all the facets of the sport so efficiently is very unusual,” he added.
The 91-time GP winner also believed there was “many parallels” between Vettel’s domination now and his own a decade ago.
“I am sure that when he was a boy he would sit in front of the TV and try to analyse what I am doing. The nice thing is that even now he still calls me and asks questions,” he smiled.
Then Schumacher went on to add his belief that Sebastian could go on and become the first ever eight-time champion.
“I have always had the attitude that records are made to be broken,” he said.
“It is clearly the case that Sebastian is able to achieve the seven titles, as he is still so young and hungry. Maybe he can even go past it.
“I will definitely cross my fingers for him.”
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