Schumacher: ‘Vettel can be champ’

German racing legend Michael Schumacher has told Gazzetta dello Sport that fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel "has the genes to become world champion one day".

Schumacher should know what it takes to reach the top, he was Formula One world champion seven times, something that Britain’s Lewis Hamilton will be hard-pushed to match – especially with the likes of Vettel fast-emerging.

Vettel, who will switch to Red Bull from Toro Rosso next season, already is a sort-of champion. He and Schumacher teamed up to win the Nations Cup for Germany again at Wembley’s Race of Champion on Sunday.

But greater prizes could lie in store for the 21-year-old when the F1 circus resumes in Australia in March.

He has already surpassed Hamilton with one of his feats by becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Grand Prix at this year’s Italian leg of the circuit.

Perhaps the German deserves a bit of luck next year. Accidents caused by other drivers forced him out of the first four races of last season, on three occasions he had to retire during the first lap.

Written by James Christie

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