Sep.26 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Fellow quadruple world champion Alain Prost has admitted he expects Sebastian Vettel to soon trouble another of his impressive personal records.
In Singapore last weekend, Ferrari’s Vettel won his 42nd career victory, moving clear of the late and great Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41.
The next target is therefore Frenchman Prost, whose 51 career victories were surpassed only by Michael Schumacher, who later went on to win an incredible 91 times.
For Prost, however, it is now Vettel who is closing on his runner-up spot behind Schumacher.
“I am used to Germans in Ferraris passing me!” Prost enthused to Germany’s Sport Bild magazine. “I am sure he will do it.
“When Michael beat my record, it did hurt a little bit, because he pushed me off the top of the podium. But I would just be happy for Sebastian, because I don’t care if I am second or third,” the 60-year-old added.
Prost, whose intense rivalry with the great Senna is legendary, admitted he is a big fan of Vettel.
“Sebastian has a big share in the resurrection of Ferrari,” said the Renault ambassador, who is tipped for a spot on the pitwall should the French carmaker take over Lotus.
“The fact that he has brought the team (Ferrari) back to winning ways so quickly is something that nobody could have expected. But even more important is that he is now showing everyone that he can win in an inferior car,” Prost added.