Sebastian Vettel will only go down as a true legend of the sport if he wins a world title in a less competitive car.
That is the opinion of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, the man who many view as the most complete driver in the sport.
While racing what was arguably a lesser machine, Alonso won back-to-back titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 against the might of Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren.
While Vettel has won four world titles on the trot, Alonso feels that it is only because he has the outstanding car of the field.
Alonso is quoted on GrandPrix.com:
I think when Vettel has a car like the rest in the field, if he wins, he will be greatly acknowledged and be one of the legends of Formula One.
But if someday he has a car like that of the other drivers and is fourth, fifth or seventh, then his four titles will be bad news for him because people will view these last four years in an even worse way. I think there are some interesting years ahead for Sebastian.