One month after calling time on an illustrious Formula 1 career, Sebastian Vettel has been told he could never be put on par with Lewis Hamilton. That’s according to F1 insider Peter Windsor, who has suggested Vettel never showed the same adaptability across his decade-and-a-half in the sport to be judged in the same class.
The German is one of only four drivers to have clinched four world titles in as many seasons, spearheading Red Bull’s first era of sustained success between 2010 and 2013. Two runner-up finishes with Ferrari was the best he managed after leaving Milton Keynes, however, before calling time on his career on the back of an underwhelming stint at Aston Martin.
That’s convinced former Williams team manager Windsor that Vettel doesn’t belong in the same conversation as Mercedes ace Hamilton, who was crowned world champion in just his second season at McLaren.
The Briton has since gone on to tie Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles, albeit finishing a career-worst sixth at the end of a miserable 2022 campaign.
“I always thought Vettel was a very reflexy, very fast, very well-balanced driver who, even in his testing for Sauber days, was nothing other than the ultimate exponent of turning the corner into a V shape,” said Windsor during a recent Twitch stream.
“And when he couldn’t do that because of the geography of the corner, he was about the same as the average [driver], but when he could do it on a particular type of corner, he was brilliant and had that ability to do it.