How good is Vettel? I am not being rhetorical, asking for a realistic assessment. I stopped watch F1 some years back when the technology and the rules made the racing seem secondary. His record is amazing, but... is he that good, or is he like Schumacher a product of the time opportunity and talent?
Hard to really say. The Red Bull is the class of the field however Vettel consistently outperforms his team mate Mark Webber. Could be that, Like Ferrari of yore did for Schumacher, Red Bull is developing the car to suit one driver, Vettel. Regardless he is a great talent. My biased opinion would be that in equivalent cars Alonso, maybe Hamilton and Button are better drivers. Keep an eye on Sergio Perez. If he keeps from crashing the Mercedes he could be a multiple winner next year.
Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!