Triple time ex world champion Sir Jackie Stewart not believe defending world champion Sebastian Vettel can yet be labeled one of the greats, even if he wins a third world title and he added that Vettel’s success is owed to Chief Designer Adrian Newey.
Following his Korean Grand Prix victory, he is the first man in the season four times podium winner, now the German leading the drivers title and six points ahead of Fernando Alonso.
“If you’ve got a superior car, it’s relatively easy to win the Championship, to really show you’re one of the greatest, you have to deliver when you haven’t got the best machinery,” Stewart told BBC Sport.
“I have the highest respect for Sebastian, but he could not have achieved what he has without the [Red Bull design chief] Adrian Newey factor.”
“I’m a big Sebastian Vettel fan,” added Stewart. “He completely dominated the Korean Grand Prix and drove in such a mature fashion for a 25-year-old. It was more than impressive. Vettel has established himself as the favourite and Alonso is now on the back foot.
“Led by Adrian Newey, Red Bull have bounced back from a slow start to the season and have now come up with superior equipment.”.