Vettel’s season ranks up with the greats
22 September, 2011
Sep.22 (GMM) Should Sebastian Vettel extend his huge championship lead lead by another 13 points in Singapore, he will be crowned champion with five races still to run in 2011.
An analysis by Financial Times Deutschland said that with 27 per cent of the calendar to go, Vettel’s achievement will rank among the best in F1 history.
But Jim Clark (1963 and 1965), Jackie Stewart (1969 and 1971) and Nigel Mansell (1992) actually secured those championships in an even more rapid manner.
And the record is held by Michael Schumacher, who won the title with more than 35 per cent of the 2002 calendar still to run.
At least Red Bull figures are now starting to admit the inevitability of Vettel’s 2011 triumph.
“In many ways it’s more of a challenge to defend a title,” said Vettel’s boss Christian Horner. “It’s one thing to win a title, another to stay up there,” he told Die Welt newspaper. “Sebastian just gets stronger and stronger.”