Vettel: "Schumacher is the best driver I have ever seen"

Vettel backs the Kaiser while respecting the record set by Hamilton. "But Michael had an ability that I haven't seen in anyone else until now."


Sebastian Vettel respects Lewis Hamilton as the great champion of the decade, but continues to put Michael Schumacher ahead. The Briton equaled the Kaiser's 91 grand prix triumphs in the Eifel and is on his way to seven titles, but for the German from Heppenheim, his compatriot and idol will always be ahead. "Michael will always be my hero, he had something that I haven't seen yet in other drivers. Maybe it's because I admired him when he was little and Lewis didn't admire him when he was little because he was racing against him, it's a different situation," says the four-time champion. 32 years old.

"It's a number that in my head I thought would never be beaten or equaled and clearly (Lewis) is going to surpass it. But probably in 10 or 20 years there will be more admiration for this. When you are still active you think about yourself, not so much about the others. Although as I say, I can no longer respect what Lewis has achieved ", explains Vettel, who reaffirms about Schumacher:" He was better than any other driver I have seen. If you see him in a kart, or when I drove with him in the Race of Champions, you saw more of his skills and control. In both cases, he had a natural ability that I haven't seen in anyone else until now. Also an incredible work ethic. "

Mattia Binotto, Ferrari boss who was already a part of Maranello in the glorious Schumacher era, adds: "In some ways, for me Michael will still be Michael. I worked with him and we set all those records. But what Lewis has done is impressive. I congratulate you. Michael was a fantastic leader who pushed teams to progress, and you learned every day from him. I learned a lot from him, his mindset and his approach to racing. "

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