Formula 1 Drivers with a Genuine Claim to Being Better Than Sebastian Vettel

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Formula 1 Drivers with a Genuine Claim to Being Better Than Sebastian Vettel

Some interesting comments were made regarding world champion Sebastian Vettel in the wake of his claiming a fourth successive title.

Felipe Massa said the triumph put Vettel on par with Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, while Lewis Hamilton reckons he could become the greatest driver in the sport's history, if he is not already.

The immediate criticism levied at Vettel is that he has won four championships on the bounce while driving what has consistently been the fastest car.

Those who suggest he could not succeed without the might of Adrian Newey tend to easily forget Vettel won in a Toro Rosso, and might even have won in one of his first Grands Prix had he not rear-ended Mark Webber at Fuji under the safety car.

However, many would like to see Vettel in the second or third best car on the grid, and if he can hustle it to similar glory.

While it is dangerous to compare eras, we can make comparisons statistics-wise to Vettel's fellow greats by numbers. Though there is more to folklore than racking up statistics and records.

They say that every decade, someone great comes along. This is not a ranking, but rather a look back at history's finest.

So, stretching back to the 1950s, who could claim to be a better driver than Vettel, even if the statistics do not show it?

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