Sebastian Vettel has tried to distance himself away from comparisons to Michael Schumacher as he prepares for a new racing chapter away from Ferrari.
There was a time when Vettel was referred to as the ‘Baby Schumacher’ as he began his rise up to the very top of the Formula 1 ranks.
But Vettel’s current World Championship title haul has remained at four ever since 2013 and has been surpassed by Lewis Hamilton who is on the verge of matching Schumacher’s long-standing, all-time record of seven.
Schumacher left Ferrari at the end of the 2006 season but returned for a final chapter in Formula 1 with Mercedes from 2010 to 2012.
With Vettel also leaving Ferrari for a Mercedes-powered team in the form of Aston Martin next year, the comparisons are returning as he treads down a similar path to Schumacher.
Vettel, though, does not think there is much room for comparison.
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“I don’t think comparisons like that help,” Vettel told Sport Bild.
“You can’t compare my situation with Michael’s back then. Firstly, it was a different time. Secondly, it is a different team with different requirements.
“But most importantly, Michael was a different age when he came to Mercedes, and before that he had taken a three year break. I’m in the middle of it all and just changing teams.”
Vettel also explained what attracted him to sign for Aston Martin and also revealed he is quite restricted in what he can do in terms of preparing for 2021 with his new team.
“Transparency and openness were what mattered to me,” he added.
“It was clearly stated what is possible and what is not.
“It takes ambition and it takes goals. The goals that Lawrence Stroll has are aligned with mine. This connects us.
“He has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve and I was very impressed with that. But it’s clear that there won’t be huge leaps right away.
“I am not yet involved with Racing Point or taking part in any meetings to plan the new car. I’m not even allowed to do that.
“I’m still an employee of Ferrari.”