Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel wanted to remember his idol, Michael Schumacher, almost 10 years after the tragic Méribel accident, defining him as “a hero of his generation.”
The former Red Bull driver has been considered by some as “the new Schumacher,” becoming the second German to win his first title in 2010 and claiming four in total. Sebastian Vettel has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the seven-time world champion, setting the goal of winning the championship with Ferrari, which unfortunately he never achieved.
Sebastian Vettel’s comments
Sebastian Vettel believes that today Michael Schumacher’s legacy has diminished compared to his generation, following a natural process in sports: “In sports, things move forward, very quickly too.” – he pointed out.
“It’s a positive thing because time moves forward and not backward; it shouldn’t stop. Someone like Michael will always be a well-known name because his successes and statistics will forever be visible in black and white, but the peculiarities of the characters also remain,” he said.
Seb also wanted to underline the bond Michael Schumacher had with Scuderia Ferrari: “Michael had a special bond with Ferrari; he achieved the miracle of winning championships after a long time, put together a team, and kept it together for a long time.”
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He then compared his idol to icons in other sports, starting with basketball: “Even though it’s hard to imagine, a Michael Schumacher or an [NBA icon] Michael Jordan are perceived differently over time.”
“They will never disappear from history books or among the [avid fans, ed.], but for many children today, a Michael Schumacher is less known than he was for me at the time. He was a hero of my generation,” he added.
Finally, Sebastian Vettel found an analogy with football: “In the future, perhaps Lionel Messi will be less known than Erling Haaland. But this is a good thing because every era writes its stories; every era has its heroes and heroines.” – the former Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.