Bring on a new F1 champion, says Stewart

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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One could do with a new world champion after four years of domination by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, triple title holder Jackie Stewart said on Wednesday.

"I think it would be better, I think it would liven things up...It would be refreshing," the 74-year-old Scot told reporters at a lunch to preview this month's Motorsport Hall of Fame event in London.

"Four times is a bit greedy," he added, jokingly.

Vettel, 26, became the youngest quadruple champion last season and won the final nine races of the year. Nobody has beaten him since July.

Red Bull have also won the last four constructors' titles and will start the new season in March as favorites again.

Fellow-German Michael Schumacher, who retired in 2012 at the age of 43 and is currently in a coma after a skiing accident in France last month, won five titles in a row with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

"Nobody is up there forever," said Stewart. "The world moves on and I'm sure that will be the case. I don't know if it will be next season.

"Red Bull are pretty impressive and they've now got more money coming in from sponsors than they have from Red Bull, because they are getting TV."   Continued...

British motor racing legend Jackie Stewart speaks after the second practice session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay F1 street circuit in Singapore September 23, 2011. REUTERS/Edgar Su