Jackie Stewart says 4-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel is past his prime

Sebastian Vettel may be past his prime in Formula 1. At least that's the opinion of three-time F1 champion Jackie Stewart. Vettel finished runner-up to Hamilton for the second consecutive season after Hamilton clinched his fifth championship this past Sunday in Mexico.

"I think Sebastian is past his peak, and Lewis (Hamilton) is still building to his," Stewart told Germany-based Bild newspaper. "There's no reason Sebastian can't come back, but it will be very difficult because after a season like that you are more critical of yourself and what you want to do and what you don't want to do."

At 31, Vettel is actually two years younger than Hamilton, but Stewart thinks the problem could be that the German won his four titles too soon.

"Perhaps. He came into Formula 1 at 20 and was a four-time champion by 26," Stewart said.

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