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.