Sebastian Vettel’s victory in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix saw him move clear into third place on the all-time wins list in Formula 1.
Heading into the weekend, Vettel had ranked joint-third on 41 victories alongside three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna, who is widely recognized as being one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.
Senna was a great source of inspiration to Lewis Hamilton, who was looking to tie with the Brazilian and Vettel on 41 wins in Singapore.
However, as Mercedes failed to put up any kind of fight for the race win, it was Vettel who came away from Singapore having made history with his 42nd victory.
Vettel’s next target is Alain Prost, who won 51 races throughout his career to rank second on the all-time list, but Michael Schumacher’s existing record of 91 wins is one that the German finds daunting.
“I think, to be honest, Prost’s is in sight somehow,” Vettel said. “I’m 28 so I’m not the youngest any more especially if the kids start racing at 17 now.
“But Michael’s is just ridiculous: number of wins, number of poles, number of fastest laps. I think all the statistics you can go for you compare yourself to him or anyone to him, so I think that’s far away.
“So if you have 23 corners in Singapore, I consider myself being in turn one and Michael in turn 23. I’m not really looking at that.
“I’m having a great time. I think I can consider myself very lucky and blessed the way things have turned out. I’ve always had a more or less competitive car, competitive team, so if it keeps going that way then I can consider myself very lucky.”