February 20, 2015 – Sebastian Vettel has denied he is a “carbon-copy” of fellow German and F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
Earlier this week, new Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene hailed the arrival at Maranello of Red Bull’s quadruple world champion.
“I was around in Michael (Schumacher)’s time,” the former Marlboro executive told Leo Turrini’s blog, “and I confess that there are times when I look at Vettel and, in some ways, it really seems like a carbon copy of Schumi!”
Vettel, however, reacted to Sport Bild: “It is almost impossible to compare any driver to Michael. What Michael achieved was unique; he played in his own league.”
Ferrari insiders, however, insist that 27-year-old Vettel has adopted a Schumacher-like disposition at the fabled team, as he stalks the paddock analytically taking notes.
“It is always very special to be compared to Michael. And I’m also happy that I have been so warmly welcomed by everyone at Ferrari. Still, I’m Sebastian, not Michael, and I must and will go my own way. I also think today is a very different time to Michael’s.” Vettel insisted.