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New kid on the block / Sebastian Vettel – the new Michael Schumacher

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He’s a German. He’s as hard as a rock. He’s strategic. He’s fast. He flies. He can turn races around. He can create history.

He is Sebastian Vettel!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Vettel

http://www.sebastianvettel.de/

He is the youngest F1 driver in the history of the sport to have earned himself a pole position in qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and went on to win the race to create history. Guess what – this is the same car that the Red Bull boss purchased from the erstwhile Minardi! Can you imagine that it is a Minardi soul somewhere in that car that won the race! Fantastic!

Meet the new Michael Schumacher. Every season produces quality drivers of the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, and of recent past, Kimi Raikkonen and in the last two decades, Michael Schumacher!

This is what the spirit of F1 is all about. The win could not have come at a better time for the Ferrari powered team that is co-owned by Austrian, Gerhard Berger (ex F1 driver who raced with the greats of the 90’s and 80’s – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Berger).

The winning anthems at Monza today said a lot. It was indeed very long since we heard a German national anthem followed by the Italian National anthem. Does it sound coincidential. It should. This was the regular sequence when there was a certain Mr. Michael Schumacher around ruling the roost not too long ago or long ago – should we say?

Welcome to the arena of the big boys – Vettel. You are definite championship material. I wish you all the best in your F1 career. I am sure a Ferrari or a McLaren or a Renault would lap you up in very shortly. F1 is famous for such catches!

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Written by Naveen Athresh

September 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1, Sports

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