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.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.