OK, how opinions in your quote make Vettel slower than Hamilton? I think you need to open your mind and try to understand speed McLaren was capable off, and then check where Vettel usually was in comparison to McLaren drivers on the grid, instead relaying on trashy headlines. Vettel is a fully competitive animal giving to both, Alonso and Hamilton alike, run for their money, and as it appears, some drivers don’t particularly like to partner a new Schumacher on the grid, pushing theirs career into shades; no wonder they letting out a lot of hot air for media consumption.
When is the last time you went to a circuit .... have you seen in the flesh the difference between SV's machinery and FA and LH's over the last few years .... its not a footrace ... its mostly dependent on machinery. Even last year's Macca, whilst (apparently) just as fast, was not as planted as the Redbull.
My personal opinion is that the "fastest" drivers over a lap are LH, PM, NR, HK and SV ... in what order is not really clear..... but I am not an F1 driver and I would never presume to contradict a current F1 driver on this point given my limited information.... if you are comfortable with doing so then carry on.
BTW ... MS was the undisputed best driver from Senna's death to about 2003 when it clear that was being elipsed in terms of talent by JPM, FA and KR and given equal cars they would probably beat him. MS' dominance in this period his was reflected in the other drivers' respect for him, other team bosses respect for him, his pay versus anyone else's etc... on none of these measures is SV considered the best driver. FA is generally considered the "most complete", LH the "fastest" and, most tellingly, within his own team Newey gets paid more than he does.
You can make an argument that SV is the "new MS" but you would have to mean MS from 2003/4-2006 where he was the most successful driver but very few (other than his hardcore fans) were convinced that he was the out and out best. Titles are not the measure of who is best/fastest driver. Its pretty superficial to suggest this given that they are all dependent on the machinery that they are given.... like I said before, its not a footrace.
.... Finally MS at his best in the late 90s was not winning any titles - he was being beat by lesser drivers in Newey mobiles. So be careful how you invoke MS' career as a comparison.