Stewart: Vettel would be mad to leave Red Bull

By on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart believes that Sebastian Vettel would be mad to leave Red Bull at the present time.

Vettel has been linked with a move to Ferrari in 2014, but Stewart believes the German should think carefully.

"I think that's [a move] premature. He would be mad to leave Red Bull at the present time", Stewart told BBC Sport.

"I know there would be a difference in their basic salary, but he's in a position where he's winning grands prix."

Stewart also added that Vettel has Adrian Newey to thank for his successes.

"If you've got a superior car, it's relatively easy to win the championship. To really show you're one of the greatest, you have to deliver when you haven't got the best machinery. I have the highest respect for Sebastian, but he could not have achieved what he has without the Adrian Newey factor".

But Stewart stressed that he remains impressed by the achievements of the double world champion.

"I'm a big Sebastian Vettel fan. He completely dominated the Korean Grand Prix and drove in such a mature fashion for a 25-year-old. It was more than impressive. Vettel has established himself as the favourite and Alonso is now on the back foot", he said.

"Led by Adrian Newey, Red Bull have bounced back from a slow start to the season and have now come up with superior equipment."

"He's won 25 races and is going to knock me off my perch before the end of the season - but he's only 25 and still has time to move", said Stewart, who won 27 races from 99 starts - a feat Vettel could mathematically match in Austin next month.

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