Massa: 'Amazing' Vettel deserves F1 success
28 December 2013 – Felipe Massa has paid homage to four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and has said his success isn’t just down to the car, even if the Red Bull has been the class of the field in recent years.
“It [his achievements] is due to his talent, no doubt. He is an excellent driver and he deserves everything he has won,” Massa told TotalRace.com.
“Many people say he only wins because he has the best car. But the work he did [this year and in previous seasons] was amazing and continuing with a competitive car, he can win more.”
Despite Vettel’s achievements, however, Massa added that it is impossible to compare him to the likes of Michael Schumacher, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jackie Stewart – all multiple F1 World Champions.
“Drivers all start a lot earlier in F1 today. You cannot compare anyone of today with Fittipaldi, Stewart nor Schumacher, who also arrived in F1 later than Vettel,” added Massa, who will switch from Ferrari to Williams in 2014.
“And because of this reality, it increases the possibility of younger drivers taking more titles than in the past,” he concluded.