Formula One, popularly known as F1 race, became the trend last year and everyone was going crazy about it. It had to be like that for the simple reason that nothing so enthralling and astounding has ever happened in the country; it was quite fascinating for the crowd to be spectators and watch such exciting races. Every time a sport is played, where different players are playing the same game, a comparison ought to be made. Today we are going to compare the performances of Vettel and Schumacher.
Despite his achievements, Vettel still has to prove something to the spectators of the Race after having been soundly beaten by Daniel Ricciardo, a Red Bull team mate. Including Schumacher, only ten drivers have won the world championships, though being a part of two different teams, and Vettel is well aware of the fact that following his idol and guiding Ferrari to win the title would help him one way or the other in being one of the greatest players or racers ever in the history of F1.
Vettel is as good as Schumacher if not better in F1m
Michael Schumacher, who has been a world champion seven times, has long been the statistical benchmark for the Grand Prix driver but, thanks to the newly minted four-time champion Sebastian Vettel’s high efficiency during the past four seasons, records that previously appeared unbreakable suddenly don’t look so far out of reach. Michael Schumacher is now 44 years old and retired from Formula 1(F1) whereas Vettel is only 26 years old. Schumacher was his childhood favourite and when Vettel’s time finally came to get into F1, his hero had retired.
Schumacher’s first victory came at his eighteenth attempt whereas Vettel’s maiden win came at his twenty-second race. At the age of 23, when Schumacher won his first race, Vettel at the same age won his maiden Championship title making him the youngest World Champion in Formula 1. At 25 years old, Vettel became the Youngest Triple World Champion whereas Schumacher at 25 won his first Championship. Today, Vettel’s titles rank him equal with racing legends like Jackie, Ayrton; and only Juan Fnigio and Michael Schumacher have won more championships than Vettel. Till date Vettel has raced 118 races; comparing the stats from these races, the pole position was secured by Vettel 43 times and won 37 races whereas Schumacher secured pole position only 20 times and won 33 races. During these races, Vettel participated in 4 championships whereas Michael only raced 2 championships. Racing in these 118 races, Vettel finished second, third, podium 13, 10, 60 times respectively in comparison to 19, 13, and 65 respectively for Schumacher, giving a win percentage of 31.3% to Vettel and 28.2% to Schumacher.
In the year 2002, the only driver in the history of Formula One to grab a position in the top three racers in almost every race in any season was Schumacher and he also managed to break the record for finishing the most consecutive podiums. Schumacher holds many of Formula One’s driver records, namely most championships, fastest laps, as well as most races won in a single season, and this record was equaled by Sebastian Vettel. Going with the statistics we would claim that Schumacher is the greatest driver the sport has ever seen and he owns almost every record in F1 – most pole positions (68), most championships (7), fastest laps (76) and most race wins till date (91). There is only one record which is not there on this list and that is most race starts. The current owner of this record is to Rubens Barrichello.
Both these players are a treat to watch racing and they possess great skills, but in today’s world, competition cannot be eradicated from the society. Thus we tend to compare everyone, but that doesn’t mean anyone is of lesser value.