Sebastian Vettel is better than Ayrton Senna.
There, I said it. Many will consider that statement to be sacrilegious, but what we have witnessed during the past two Formula 1 seasons is the emergence of an all-time great.
If you are a 'Vettel doubter', to extend the religious metaphor, then perhaps it's worth reflecting on what we've seen from the 24-year-old German so far in comparison to Senna.
Before proceeding, some caveats. First, while it's not a position I would necessarily agree with, Senna is widely held up as the gold standard for grand prix drivers. As such, the Brazilian is a valid point of comparison. The point of this article is categorically not to discuss Senna's claim to greatness.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.