Ex-world champ backs Vettel to surpass Schumacher`s seven world title- record

Washington: Former Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter has backed Red Bull star Sebastian Vettel to beat Michael Schumacher`s record of seven world titles and has branded him `magical`.

Vettel has wrapped up his ninth straight F1 victory and the 13th of a triumphant 2013 season by claiming the Brazilian Grand Prix , with his win at the Indian Grand Prix in October clinching him a fourth straight F1 world title.

According to CNN, the 1979 world champion believes that Schumacher`s record of seven world titles is well within Vettel`s grasp, saying that it is possible as the `magical` Vettel has reached won four championships in a row.

Scheckter has dismissed suggestions that Vettel is cold, methodical and big-headed as not being fair on the German, saying that the concentration level of Vettel seems like arrogance to outsiders, adding that he views it in a different light to other people.

Meanwhile another former champion Jackie Stewart thinks that the `charismatic` Vettel`s personality shines through in a different way, although he does not believe that Vettel has yet arrived at the level of all-time greats like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Alain Prost or Niki Lauda.