Vettel can equal Schumacher’s title tally – Theissen

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Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Mario Theissen, who gave Sebastian Vettel his F1 debut in 2007, reckons his former driver can beat Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships and 91 Grand Prix victories.

Driver of the Weekend

The final Driver of the Weekend poll of 2012 is remarkably close so far. Make sure you add your vote here:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Vettel can match Schumacher’s world title haul – Mario Theissen (BBC)

“Fangio dominated his era, Schumacher dominated his era and now I would say Sebastian, after that performance, has a good chance to become one of those heroes who really dominated – not just one season but four or five seasons.”

Horner: Hamilton’s exit weakens McLaren (The Telegraph)

“Lewis [Hamilton] is an outstanding driver and in Lewis and Jenson [Button] they had a hugely strong driver line-up.”

Christian Horner Q&A (Sky)

“We haven’t had a car advantage throughout this year and if you go back to the first race of the season at Australia, he fought on every lap to be on the podium. There have been other races later in the year when he has put in phenomenal drives that have largely gone unnoticed – the fourth positions, the fifth positions – and then, as we have managed to chip away at the performance, he has capitalised on that. Putting that run of four successive race wins at the fly-aways from Singapore through to India was a hugely impressive performance. To come back from being forty points behind, it’s been quite remarkable to see what he has achieved.”

Cheers Seb! Over 550 Red Bull employees pick up ??10k each after Vettel wins title (Daily Mail)

“Each member of the 550-strong team will land a cool ??10,000 bonus after Sebastian Vettel helped his team secure the constructors’ title in Austin.”

Long Beach boss speaks out about F1 rumours (Indy Star)

Long Beach Grand Prix president and general manager Jim Michaelian: “To run a Formula One event is an extremely expensive proposition … in terms of the infrastructure and the cost of purchasing the show. To even consider it would entail a whole new financial structure, and quite frankly we are succeeding here in our efforts to stage a first-class IndyCar event.”

Webber – You?ve Got To Take Your Hat Off To Vettel (Speed)

“He?s the youngest ever triple World Champion, so you?ve got to take your hat off to him. We had a good chat before the race to each other. Obviously I?m happy that it stays in the team.”

Full throttle celebrations follow Vettel’s win (NBC)

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Vettel had assured himself of ‘his place in history’ and she congratulated him on his ‘marvellous nerves of steel’.”

How the title decider fared around Europe (F1 Broadcasting)

“In Germany, the race aired on RTL and Sky Deutschland. RTL recorded a race average of 10.62 million viewers (40.9% share), whilst a further 610,000 viewers watched on Sky Deutschland.”

Pirelli wants early answer over 2014 (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director: “The deadline is June next year, but we would be keen to have a decision earlier than that. If we need to find 300-400 people a different job then we need to know earlier.”

What a race, what a year (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “Hulkenberg’s penalty was tough in such track conditions although he had clearly wiped out Hamilton while losing control of his car. The stewards, I believe, treat the first lap differently in the general chaos and didn’t choose to take a look at Vettel’s contact with Senna who was similarly wiped out. As Vettel was also under control and on the racing line, it would have been deemed a racing incident.”

2012 Silverstone Media Awards

“After a very successful inaugural year with over 5,000 votes we invite you, the fans to vote once more for your favourite F1 and Moto GP media coverage during 2012. From broadsheets to bloggers, who has given you the best insight into the worlds of F1 and Moto GP this year?”

‘The most radical ever’ F1 car goes on sale: Tyrrell’s iconic Seventies six-wheeled racer on the market for ??750k (Daily Mail)

I’m quoted in this article on a six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 which is going on sale if you’ve got three-quarters of a million pounds to spare…


Comment of the day

@Girts’ responds to Force India’s criticism of the first safety car period in Sunday’s race.

I think that there were no gaps where marshals could have worked and Rosberg?s puncture proved that there was debris on the racing line that should have been cleaned up already earlier.

Force India?s frustration is understandable and I think that Hulkenberg didn?t deserve the penalty for colliding with Hamilton. But the decision to deploy safety car seemed to be correct even if it was made too late.

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On this day in F1

Antonio Pizzonia gave the ultimate lesson in how not to impress your new team on this day ten years ago.

Pizzonia, who was set to start his first season of F1 with Jaguar in the coming 2003 season, crashed one of the company’s road cars while driving a journalist on a lap of the Circuit de Catalunya.

Fortunately he and Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe were uninjured. The car, however, was totalled in the crash:

Image ?? Red Bull/Getty images

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94 comments on Vettel can equal Schumacher’s title tally – Theissen

  1. shahryar Ali said on 28th November 2012, 11:14

    Vettel overtook Vergne under yellows. he doesn’t deserve this championship…

  2. Valentino (@valentino) said on 28th November 2012, 11:18

    Video shows that Vettel overtook a car on yellow flags and did not decrease speed during flashig yellow…

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th November 2012, 13:44

    As for those viewing figures its mentioned that

    Netherlands’ viewership was 674,000 viewers on RTL7, a 15.1% share

    , and I guess that might be the reason RTL was not that interested in paying more to keep it.

    On a different note,does anyone know if the US beat even those 674 thousand viewers?

  4. Jason (@jmwalley) said on 28th November 2012, 14:23

    I love the look on Pizzonia’s face in the last camera angle. It looks like he just killed his own dog and knows it will cost him his job.

  5. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 28th November 2012, 14:26

    Re: On this day…
    You have to wonder what was Pizzonia thinking while driving that car. “This is Jaguar, it must an F1 car… oh, it’s not.”

    And some wise words from Horner as well about the car performances.

  6. PaulM (@pmelton) said on 28th November 2012, 17:35

    With regards to Long Beach, maybe they could setup an America versus The Rest of the World weekend. Run IndyCar and Formula 1 on the same weekend at the same location. That way they can share the cost, the infrastructure, personnel etc. Main race for Indy on Saturday and F1 on the Sunday. That would be awesome (to coin an American phrase).

  7. Girts (@girts) said on 28th November 2012, 20:13

    Many thanks for the COTD, didn’t expect that! It’s always the best way to start the day!

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th November 2012, 19:00

    I’m not for a moment doubting Vettel’s ability but I can’t see him ever matching Schumacher or coming close. The reason I say that is because of the level of competition he’s up against, both from talented drivers and engineers. It was a different time when Schumacher dominated where the rules allowed it but these days I just don’t see it happening.

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