by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 28
> F1NEWS> “Don’t compare me to Schumacher” SEBASTIAN Vettel, nicknamed ‘Baby Schumi’by the German Press in 2008, has asked reporters not to compare him with seven time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, following his and Toro Rosso’s incredible first victory at the Italian Grand Prix. “The whole race we had no problems, the car was working really fine,”he said. “I had a fantastic race with a very good strategy but all that was gone when I got the chequered flag and crossed the finish line. The lap back to the pits and the whole podium ceremony was just unbelievable. I think for sure this is the best day of my life. “These pictures, these emotions, I will never forget. It is unbelievable. It is so much greater than you might think it is. It is great. Again, I can just say a big, big thank you to all the guys working in the team. I think they did a fantastic job. “Who might have thought about that at the beginning of the season. We had a poor start but then it got better and better and in these conditions we can make a bit of a gap by staying longer on full throttle. It is great, fantastic. I am speechless.” The German dominated the wet race throughout the changeable conditions, after taking a career first pole position in similarly awful conditions on Saturday. He kept his head and drove with the maturity of a man with far more than the 14 race starts which Vettel has under his belt, but despite describing himself as “speechless” after the win, refused to let himself or the media get too carried away with comparisons to compatriot Schumacher. “I think first of all you have to realise what this guy achieved in the past. To compare anybody among us drivers – probably Fernando is the closest, he’s a two time World Champion – but to compare anybody to Michael I think is a bit ridiculous. “Obviously I’m very young and at a very early stage of my career and therefore I think there’s no need to make a comparison. He’s probably one of the best drivers we have ever seen. I’m proud, in a way, because I know him. He’s a very nice guy and completely down-to-earth.” There had been suggestions in the immediate aftermath of the race that Vettel’s triumph at the wheel of a car whose basis lies with the parent Red Bull Technology company, would reawaken the customer car debate. But Force India boss Vijay Mallya, whose team had fought most vehemently against the idea of customer cars, said that the victory would provide his team with inspiration. “I must extend my congratulations to Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel for a marvellous first victory, and to our engine partner Ferrari for their first win with a customer engine. It is very satisfying to see an independent team winning and this is a source of inspiration to us.” NOTE: While the Germans may have labelled him ‘Baby Schumi’, Vettel’s first win has significant similarities to the first win by the enigmatic Ayrton Senna – not least the appalling wet conditions in which the win was taken. Either way, Vettel has laid down his F1 credentials and, depending on team opportunities, could well be The Next Big Thing …