Michael Schumacher believes fellow German Sebastian Vettel can match his record of seven world titles.
Though Spanish sports daily Marca quotes Vettel as claiming any comparison between him and his mentor Schumacher as "ridiculous".
"I have three titles, which is nothing compared to seven," he said.
"Beating his record is not something that can happen in the next couple of years, so I don't even think about it," the Red Bull driver added.
"I have had some very good years but it could change suddenly."
Schumacher has an alternative view however, pointing to the fact that should Vettel claim a fourth world title in 2013 he will be six years younger than when he achieved that feat.
"He has the best package, and championships are usually won by the best," Schumacher told Belgian television Vier.
"Records are there to be beaten," he smiled. "They motivated me when I was racing, and in the end I achieved it.
"Believe me, if Sebastian was able to surpass what I did, I would be happy for him. In a short time he has won three titles, so why couldn't he win seven?" added Schumacher.
Another German legend Hans-Joachim Stuck is less convinced about Vettel's chances of beating Schumacher's records.
"The times and the circumstances are too different," he told Sport1, comparing the respective Schumacher and Vettel eras.
"If one night Schumacher dreamed of having a new front wing, he could have it the next day and test it as well.
"This is not possible under the current regulations."
And Stuck also believes Vettel's success is highly dependent on the skills of Red Bull's designer Adrian Newey.
"If, for whatever reason, Newey was not there anymore, I think the team could be in a very different situation," he said.
As for Schumacher himself, while he may no longer be seen in the F1 paddock, he continues to sign sponsorship deals worthy of a top level driver.
Bild newspaper reports Schumacher has signed a new seveb-year contract extension with cap sponsor Deutsche Vermogensberatung or DVAG for short.
The deal is worth some €21m and will see the partnership that began in 1996 continue until 2020.
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