LONDON – What is the difference between Sebastian Vettel and Tony McCoy? Or Vettel and Ryan Giggs and Sachin Tendulkar? They are all serial winners and model professionals at the highest levels in their chosen sports.
They’re all nearing the end, while Vettel, remains a very young man with only the achievements of the sport’s greatest drivers, Michael Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio laying ahead of him over the next decade.
Yet there are those who carp at his feats, with even the highly-respected voice of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart was heard decrying claims to be one of the greatest of all-time this week.
Stewart says Vettel has to move to prove himself in more adverse conditions, as Schumacher did in winning five titles with a previously-forlorn Ferrrari after winning two at Benetton.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko said he could not take that view seriously, and Vettel himself was more fulsome on the subject.
“I think that even if I go to another team I will still have my doubters,” he explained.
“I don’t think it will change people’s opinions. At the end of the day, you have to be happy with yourself, and right now, I am happy where I am given what we have achieved.”