Former multiple world champions Michael Schumacher and Jackie Stewart have lined up to applaud the driving genius of Sebastian Vettel after the 21-year old German driver became the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at Monza on Sunday.

Vettell1 Having qualified his Toro Rosso in a brilliant pole position, Vettel delivered a drive of remarkable prowess, dominating the sodden 53-lap race and holding off Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren-Mercedes, which finished some 12 seconds behind.

"He has the potential to be world champion, but it's a long and rocky road," said seven times title holder Schumacher, from his perch on the pit wall with the Ferrari squad. "I was crossing my fingers that the car would keep going and he would bring it home.”

Schumi, an acknowledged wet-weather master himself, was in no doubt that we’ve seen the arrival of another major talent: