He won 6 x WCC in the 1990's co-designing cars with Head.
1996 Williams he was on gardening leave when the car won WCC
1997 is atributed to him as it was a iteration of the 1996 car and the last he had input in
1998 he won with McLaren WCC, the only one he won without Head before Vettel
He moved to RBR in 2005 and designed the 2006 car but it still took him till 2009 and Vettel to get the first win.
Then came Vettel in 2010, after 13 years and he has since won 4 WCC's on the trot
Newey also designed Vettel's 2008 Toro Rosso that he won his first victory with that year. Toro Rosso also beat RBR in the standings that year (Identical chassis, I believe, with Webber & Coulthard Driving the RBRs). Though I'm not digging into the role reliability played in 2008, it also gives us a hint of Vettel's high pedigree.
That said, plenty of folks still aren't convinced on just HOW good Vettel is versus the current field. Latest is the controversial and outspoken Eddie Irvine, who also takes some digs at Lewis:
"Vettel's record is amazing, though he has kept the best car pretty much every year which Michael didn't have," the Ulsterman added.
"The one thing about Michael was when he won his first two championships he felt, 'This is boring, I'm going to go to Ferrari and re-build Ferrari' and that was very admirable. He struggled there for four years before he won another championship.
"Vettel just staying at Red Bull winning trophies is boring. I don't see what he's trying to prove. Okay, he's going to collect a lot of championships, but you know what, who cares?"
Edited by PoleMan, 19 December 2013 - 13:34.