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2013-10-10 14:50

LEGEND IN THE MAKING: Red Bull’s Sebatian Vettel (centre) could equal the likes of Michael Schumacher (left) and Juan Manuel Fangio and earn his fourth consecutive F1 title. Image: AFP/AP

At the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel can achieve a Formula 1 record previously achieved by only two drivers in the sport - four successive titles. Will Vettel equal F1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher at Suzuka?

SUZUKA, Japan - Only two drivers in Formula 1 history have managed four successive titles - Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel can equal Fangio and Schumacher's achievement at the 2013 Japanese GP at Suzuka on October 13. Vettel is set to become the youngest quadruple champion.

F1 LEGENDS


Fangio won his first title in 1951 before claiming four in a row from 1954 to 1957. Schumacher won five consecutive F1 titles from 2000 to 2004 after winning in 1994 and 1995. Alain Prost is the only other driver with four F1 championship titles - 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993.

Schumacher was 32-years-old when he won his fourth title, at the Hungaroring in 2001, Prost was 38 and Fangio 45. Vettel is also now on the verge of four title wins.

Only Schumacher has so far managed to win four titles with the same team. The 91-times GP winner was with Ferrari for his last five title triumphs.

Fangio's five titles came with Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Maserati, Lancia and Ferrari. Prost was with McLaren for three of his titles and once with Williams.

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