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Vettel can easily eclipse Schumacher’s seven F1 world titles

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At the tender age of 26, Sebastian Vettel has already claimed as many Formula One World Drivers titles as Alain Prost, and is now hunting down Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.

And who’s to say he won’t surpass that?

Now only one title shy of Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the World Championship five times during the 1950’s, Vettel has the opportunity to write his name in history as the greatest driver of all-time.

The German, who is obsessed with breaking records, is already the youngest ever champion, having taken the 2010 crown at just 23 years and 133 days old.

While it took Prost 13 years to achieve his four titles, Schumacher was slightly quicker, winning his seventh just ten years after his Formula One debut.

But Vettel has been racing in F1 for just eight years now and has a long career ahead of him.

If Red Bull can continue to provide him with the equipment to dominate, then there is no doubt that he will do just that.

In 2010 the German took the championship by a whisker, winning the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi as Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso squandered their own opportunities.

This was followed by a dominant 2011 and a significantly closer 2012 when he finished just three points ahead of Alonso.

But Vettel has evidently improved significantly this year, and his performances have been impeccable. Teammate Mark Webber has been trounced – currently lying 174 points off the pace with a further 75 still up for grabs in the final three races of the season.

Furthermore, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton have been fended off with ease.

Rumours are rife that Red Bull are behind on the development of their 2014 car, but the team based in Milton Keynes have gained a reputation in recent times for continually improving their car throughout the season at a faster pace than their rivals.

With Formula One’s greatest designer on board in Adrian Newey, there is no doubt that Red Bull will continue to provide their main man with a race winning car for the foreseeable future.

And Newey is confident that Vettel can challenge Schumacher’s record.

“Sebastian is not going to get worse, that’s for sure,” Red Bull’s chief technical officer told BBC Sport.

“It’s difficult to see how he can develop relative to this season, but no doubt he will. As we can continue to build competitive cars then hopefully Sebastian can continue to win more championships with us.”

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