Hakkinen: Vettel 'controled' style just like Schumacher

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Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen sees many shades of his great rival Michael Schumacher when studying the style of Sebastian Vettel.

As McLaren and Ferrari stalwarts, Hakkinen and Schmacher enjoyed many great battles together, and is reminded of his former nemesis when watching Vettel, the great German's countryman.

"I first think of Sebastian’s driving style as unique, but the similarities to Michael are there," Hakkinen told Speedweek.

"He always braked at the same point, always drove the same line, accelerated very sensitively, everything controlled.

"It’s a very good, clear, clean and aggressive driving style. Even over the curbs, he always has the car under control."

Assessing Vettel's arch-rival in the title fight this year, Hakkinen believes Lewis Hamilton embraces a similarly controlled style but more extreme.

"Lewis always tries to drive a bit more extreme. Very controlled, but he pushes the car more to the limit and risks much more," said the Finn.

"But it is not careless, he makes conscious decisions. If he does not go off track, a super lap comes from his effort. You can take that risk, but not always, otherwise you’ll spin sooner or later."

Hakkinen said he was enjoying this year's action, underlining the uncertainty that prevails at each race and the prominent role played by the younger drivers.

"Formula 1 has not been as exciting for a long time now," said the 49-year-old.

"Rosberg against Hamilton was anything but boring, but the number of fans was reduced by the duel within one team.

"Now Mercedes against Ferrari, plus the young talents like [Max] Verstappen – now it’s exciting."

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