I just don't rate him highly. He should have dominated 2010 but kept messing up, and in both season's he has had little bits of luck throughout with well timed safety cars and such. Unlike Alonso and Hamilton I don't think he could win in the second fastest car. Also Adrian Newey has never designed four good cars in a row, and Sebastian is contracted until the end of 2014. Ferrari seem to be plotting a Schumacher-esque period of dominace, they gave up on this year very early.
Hmm... I find it difficult to conclude that Vettel kept "messing up" in 2010....
In Bahrain, his exhaust was broken
Australia, he had brake failure
China was a bit of a lottery with the weather
He had a broken chassis in Spain and Monaco.
In Canada, the McLarens were better...
GB, he was hit by his team-mate
In Germany, the Ferraris were faster
In Hungary, he made a mistake behind the safety car, but this is just about the only time anyone has been punished for this offence!
Belgium could be seen as a mistake - but in reality, this was the one race where he made true mistakes on the track!
In Italy and Singapore, other cars were just faster!
Then, he won 3 out of the last 4 races, and retired from the lead in Korea!
Personally, I'd say that Vettel made fewer mistakes in his first championship year than Hamilton did in 2008!
- Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and Brazil would all count as mistakes.... Does that mean that you shouldn't rate Hamilton as that good as well?