Murray Walker 'feels sorry' for Vettel
18 October 2013 – Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker says he "feels sorry" for Sebastian Vettel, who in his eyes does not get the credit he deserves for his ongoing success.
Vettel, who has won the past five races, can notch up a fourth successive world title at next weekend's Indian Grand Prix, but the Red Bull driver has been subjected to podium boos during his latest spell of dominance, something Walker disagrees with.
"Oh I feel sorry for Vettel," Walker told The Times newspaper, adding: "he's not getting the credit he deserves on account that he is in the best car. The less intelligent observers say anyone could do it in that car, but [team-mate] Mark Webber has not and he's very good. Vettel's one of the greatest of all time."
The 'multi-21' drama that erupted at the Malaysian Grand Prix, when Vettel repeatedly ignored instructions from the pit wall and passed Webber for the race victory, has been pinpointed as the main reason for fans' negativity, but Walker feels the situation simply underlined the German's will to succeed.
"I thought that was extremely bad form but understandable," he said. "It's one thing to adopt an attitude of right and wrong when watching TV, but another when you're sitting in a car with adrenalin pouring out of you by the bucketful. The real superstars have a ruthlessness that leads them to do things that ordinary people do not approve of."