Vettel on track to F1 greatness



Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull could reign over a new era of dominance in formula one, the international press and paddock pundits said after Sunday's Japanese grand prix.

At Suzuka, despite needing only a single point to rule his last opponent out of contention for the 2011 title, Vettel ensured Jenson Button will not come within 14 points of his second consecutive world championship.
The young German did it by finishing third but Spain's El Mundo hailed a campaign that has been "too perfect" for the Red Bull driver.

Sir Jackie Stewart told the Daily Mail in Britain that he can't see why Vettel won't dominate for years to come.

"He is unquestionably the most mature 24-year-old racing driver I have seen," said the triple world champion.

Agreed Britain's Telegraph: "Vettel may rule for 10 years", with the Independent adding he "has hallmarks of a new Prost or Senna".

"Last season he was a sometimes callow 23-year-old," observed the Guardian. "This year he has appeared a 24-year-old veteran".




1996 Monaco grand prix winner Olivier Panis is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat: "He is one of few drivers who may have the opportunity to break Michael Schumacher's almost unbreakable records".

Agreed Virgin's Timo Glock: "If he keeps getting machines like this year, he could beat Michael", the German is quoted by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Vettel's achievement sees him join Schumacher and seven other fellow greats - including Fangio, Hakkinen and Alonso - who have managed back-to-back championships.

"Now we will see who is the youngest three time world champion," smiled Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has already delivered her official congratulations, while the Kolner Express quoted a Suzuka spectator called Norbert as saying: "I am not a double world champion, only his father".

Canada's French language La Presse had high praise for Vettel, insisting he is "largely responsible for Red Bull's dominance this season", with Reuters saying he has gone from "Crash Kid to Mr Consistent".

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during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.

during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
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And the team's Dr Helmut Marko warned: "As the whole team is staying together, I see no reason why we cannot be as successful next year."

According to father Norbert, young Vettel has not let his success and fame change him. "You need to be hard for formula one, but he's not a bastard".

Niki Lauda wrote in Bild newspaper: "His friendly facade is genuine, but behind the babyface is a killer."

And among his future achievements could be his mentor's ultimate record.

Smiling Vettel told reporters at Suzuka: "Did you notice that Michael is the youngest seven time world champion -- ever?!"
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