Hakkinen: Vettel will soon be a Formula 1 champion
31 December 2008 – According to McLaren's double F1 champion Mika Hakkinen we will see Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel win the Formula One championship within a few years. Vettel scored his maiden victory in Formula One this season for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Hakkinen is convinced about Vettel's talent. Speaking about the 21-year-old Hakkinen told Austria's Laola1: "Sebastian Vettel has what it takes to become a Formula 1 world champion one day. He is still extremely young but exceptionally fast. He will certainly win the title somewhere in the next few years.
"Vettel was the highlight of the 2008 season I think. He really surprised everyone with his pace. I'm especially surprised to see what a matured driver he already is at his age."