Hamilton tips Vettel for victory record
15 October 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has backed Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel to beat the long-standing record of seven straight Formula 1 race victories this season.
Vettel, who is tantalisingly close to securing a fourth successive world title, has won all five events following the annual summer break, marking a personal best run.
Now the German needs just two more race wins to draw level with, and three to surpass, Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher's string of triumphs achieved in 1952-1953 and 2004 respectively, with four rounds of the campaign remaining.
"If he doesn't have any reliability issues, most likely," said Hamilton, who was knocked out of the title race after retiring from the Japanese Grand Prix. "He's just walking it."
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner described Vettel's current dominance as an "incredible achievement", but reiterated that an extension to his run is not a given.
"Sebastian has won every race since the summer break, which is an incredible achievement," said Horner. "I don't think any of us could have imagined he would have had the success he has had. The way he is driving at the moment is quite supreme.
"But there are still four races to go, and our task is to carry our momentum into those races. The next two races in India and Abu Dhabi will be a different challenge."