Canadian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel Will Go Down as F1's Greatest Driver

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Canadian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel Will Go Down as F1's Greatest Driver
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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is proving that he is not only head and shoulders above his current competition, but also all those who have ever gotten behind the wheel of a Formula One car. 

On Sunday, the 25-year-old took the top spot in the 2013 Canada F1 Grand Prix to stretch his F1 points lead to 36 over the next closest competitor, Fernando Alonso.

The BBC tweeted the news: 

Vettel started from the pole and led nearly wire-to-wire in this race. According to the Associated Press, he wound up winning by 14.4 seconds. This was Vettel's first win at the 2.71-mile course despite the fact it was his third time starting from the pole.

More noteworthy is the fact that this win showed how far ahead of his competition Vettel is.

He dominated this race in a way that made the outcome academic. It was clear no one was going to catch him, and the same can now be said for the series championship.

Just take a look at what he's already accomplished this year. 

In his seven races on the season, Vettel's lowest finish has been fourth. He's done that twice, along with his one third, one second and three firsts.

Vettel is showing no signs of slowing down, or letting the competition catch him. Barring something completely unforeseen, he will claim the title. 

Vettel is already the three-time defending champion. A fourth would put him in elite company. 

Only two drivers have ever won more than four consecutive championships: Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.

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Michael Schumacher

Both of those legends were far older than Vettel when accomplishing their feat. Schumacher was 35 when he won his fifth straight. Fangio was in his mid-40s. 

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Obviously, I'm jumping the gun a bit by moving to the fifth straight championship for Vettel, but he's only getting stronger. Vettel is moving into what should be the prime of his career, and it is reasonable to assume Vettel will be at his best for at least the next 10 years.

If Vettel does indeed go on to win the championship this year, he will need just three more to catch Schumacher, who has seven, as the all-time championship leader. 

At some point, Vettel's seemingly unchallenged dominance of the sport will wane. It will become harder for him to win championships, but he only has to win four more to sit unequaled in history. 

While four championships is enough for an amazing career on its own, it will feel inevitable if Vettel captures the championship this year. 

Yes, I'm getting way ahead of myself here, but this is the kind of speculation that Vettel's dominance dictates. 

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