Mar.8 (GMM) It is “ridiculous” that so many in formula one question the true ability of reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel.
That is the view of Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion turned television pundit for British broadcaster Sky.
“I find it a bit ridiculous,” 52-year-old Hill, when asked about the widespread view that Vettel is not yet an all-time great, is quoted by Speed Week.
“I mean, in his first 100 grands prix, he won 26 — more than one in four. What else does he need to do?
“Maybe some of it is because of his age. But if we already know what records he has broken, then one must inevitably ask the question — what will his record be in ten years?
“Of course Vettel has an optimal environment with Red Bull, and with Adrian Newey probably the best designer in the business.
“But the titles in 2010 and 2012 were definitely not a walk in the park.
“I can imagine him having the momentum for the world championship for another three or four years. I see no reason why Sebastian is not the favourite for the title in 2013 and beyond,” added Hill.