Sebastian Vettel has claimed he would not be scared at the prospect of going head-to-head with Fernando Alonso at the same team.
While the four-time champion has the respect of his peers, many fans continue to question the talent of the 26-year-old believing the Spaniard is the better driver.
However, with only a couple more years on both drivers’ contracts left at their respective teams, Vettel has hinted he wouldn't mind going against one of Ferrari’s current line-up.
“Maybe someday I will be on the same team with Kimi or Fernando,” he told Sport Bild magazine.
“You always want to beat the strongest opponents, so I’m not afraid.”
Former world champion Damon Hill looked into the German’s personality and claimed despite the similarities in their on-track domination, Vettel has little in common with his friend and mentor Michael Schumacher.
“That’s what makes F1 interesting,” he is quoted by the Times of India. “Vettel is like a puppy, so much enthusiasm; it seems the track is his school playground.”
Despite easing to his fourth world title and claiming victory in each of the last nine races in 2013, the former Williams & Jordan driver says Vettel faces a much stiffer challenge to make it five-in-a-row in 2014.
“The championship is likely to go down the wire this time,” he said. “It’s going to be unpredictable with double points proposed in the final race of the season.”
Indeed the decision to introduce double points at the final race – this year held in Abu Dhabi – is a direct consequence of Vettel’s recent domination; however, despite complaints from fans, Hill believes the idea may not be so bad.
“It will make things exciting,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s stupid but why isn’t it a good idea? Maybe it’s a great idea.”
Vettel’s response to the concept was damning describing it as “absurd” but Bernie Ecclestone defended its introduction.
“I said (to him) ‘don’t be too sure that you are going to have an easy year next year’. There is nothing wrong with it for anybody,” he told Autoweek.
In fact the 83-year-old claims double points will be great for fans and media alike as he told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt: “The press and television have got a story. (Double points means) the championship is not over. They (other drivers) still have a chance.”
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