Has any driver in history been so heavily criticised as Sebastian Vettel simply for doing his job so brilliantly?
His performances during the past four seasons have been nothing short of stunning. At the age of 26 and with only six and a half years in Formula 1 under his belt, he is already a quadruple world champion and ranked among the greats in terms of wins (behind only Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna). He's also the third most successful qualifier. But those numbers tell only part of the story.
Vettel's crime is the heinous one of having the best car under him and exploiting it ruthlessly. To put it another way, he is doing exactly what every racing driver who ever starts out on the road to grand prix racing aims to achieve.
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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.