Former Formula 1 racer David Coulthard believes Sebastian Vettel has what it takes to emulate Michael Schumacher’s achievements with Ferrari.
Four-time champion Vettel joins Ferrari this season, ending a 15-year association with Red Bull, in a move that mirrors that of his childhood hero, Schumacher, who joined the Scuderia in 1996 after taking two titles with Benetton.
After several near-misses in the late 90s, Schumacher went on to win five successive world titles between 2000-2004, and Coulthard, a former rival of the seven-time champion, sees no reason why Vettel cannot replicate that sort of success.
“Vettel is a winning machine like [Michael] Schumacher,” Coulthard told German publication Die Welt. “His four titles with Red Bull speak for themselves.
“Why should a driver like Vettel not succeed at Ferrari? I think it was much more difficult to build Red Bull into a top team. Red Bull had no history and no experience in F1, yet Vettel managed to win four titles with them. To me, this is a huge achievement.
“Have a look at Ferrari. This is a team built on traditions that has won an unbelievable number of races.
“They know how to celebrate triumphs at Maranello. They have a winning DNA there.”
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