Former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger believes that Sebastian Vettel has what it takes to beat Michael Schumacher’s long-standing records and become – statistically speaking – the greatest Formula One driver of all time.
At the age of 26, Vettel has already claimed three drivers’ titles and over thirty wins, and the German driver is on course for a fourth championship this year as he enjoys a forty-six point lead with just eight races remaining. For former Ferrari and McLaren driver Berger, he has what it takes to surpass Schumacher.
“[Vettel] is the exception,” Berger explained when asked by Bild about the luxury lifestyle many drivers enjoy.
“He focuses on the essentials: his work in the factory and on driving. That is why he is so successful.”
For this very same reason, Berger expects Vettel to beat Schumacher’s record of seven world championships and ninety-one race wins.
“Yes, I trust him to do that, especially with Red Bull and design-genius Newey. Vettel gets his fourth title this year and Schumacher’s records are clearly on the radar.”
Next weekend will see Vettel return to the site of his maiden grand prix victory, Monza, for the Italian Grand Prix. His first win came with Toro Rosso back in 2008, thrusting him into the limelight. Ever since though, the German driver has answered the majority of his critics by winning three titles and leading Red Bull’s cause to become a front-running team.
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.
McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.
Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.
Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.
Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.
“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.
“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”
Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.