DC: Vettel could become the best ever

Date published: September 1 2011

David Coulthard believes Sebastian Vettel could develop into “best driver ever in F1” despite some lingering questions about his race craft…

David Coulthard believes Sebastian Vettel could develop into “best driver ever in F1” despite some lingering questions about his race craft.

Defending World Champ Vettel has had a dominant 2011 season, claiming 11 podium finishes in 12 races, seven of which were victories.

And although the German is well on his way towards winning a second World title there are still questions about his race craft.

The 24-year-old has proven many times that he can win from the front but, when stuck in the middle of the pack, mistakes have been made.

Coulthard, though, reckons those are become less and less as Vettel hones his skills. And, if his skills progress as the Scot believes they are, he could one day become the “best driver ever” in F1.

“Seb’s lead of 92 points over his nearest rival, Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, has almost certainly assured him of a second successive World title. He continues to sweep all before him,” Coulthard told the Daily Telegraph.

“And yet there are still those who question Seb’s driving. As if he is simply fortunate to have found himself in a Red Bull. As if he is an average racing driver because he wins races from pole.

“Well, I think we could well be witnessing the development of the best driver ever in Formula One. We can’t say yet, of course. Only history will judge that. But the fact that Seb continues to improve every aspect of his game, from race craft to tyre management, building on his natural speed, is indisputable.

“This has nothing to do with Red Bull or my association with the team. This has everything to do with the way Seb has stepped up his game this year.

“I don’t think the standard in Formula One has ever been higher than it is now. Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Mark Webber: these guys are world class. Michael Schumacher has come back and has discovered that first hand. Seb is simply outperforming everyone.”

However, Coulthard does not believe Vettel will dominant the sport in the same manner in which Schumacher did in the early 2000s.

“People are asking whether we are about to see another period of dominance