(Motorsport-Total.com) – With four World Championship titles, Sebastian Vettel is one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers of all time. In Germany, however, he is “only” number 2 behind record champion Michael Schumacher. And Vettel is aware that – regardless of his success – he will never get to “Schumi”. In an interview with the 'ARD' he explains that Schumacher will always remain number 1.
“The fact that I became Formula 1 in Germany once became and will remain number 2, I have no problem with that either,” said Vettel, who himself was a big Schumacher fan battle in his childhood. “I think Michael’s accomplishments were unique and are still unique. He’s the one who made the breakthrough for Formula 1 and for motorsport in Germany,” said Vettel.
“Anyone who comes after that is in line. I see that very matter-of-factly,” explains the Ferrari driver and adds: “I am proud of my origin, of my home country. As a German you always have to be careful how much one underlines that. It's just that. But I have no trouble saying that I am proud to go to the Inaugurate for Germany. “
As Vettel and Schumacher between 2010 and 2012 drove together in Formula 1, the then-Crimson Bull driver had the nose by the way always in front. He became world champion in all three years, while Schumacher had to do construction work at Mercedes and only got one podium in the entire period.