Formula 1

Schumacher 'happy' for Vettel to beat his records

Vettel continues to go from strength to strength  (©GettyImages)
Vettel continues to go from strength to strength (©GettyImages).

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has expressed his amazement at Sebastian Vettel's domination over teammate Mark Webber as well as insisting that he would have no problems for his fellow countryman to overtake his F1 records.

Vettel won his fourth world title at the Indian Grand Prix with three races to spare after culminating 397 points and in so becoming just the fourth, and youngest quadruple World Champion in the process.

This came in a season which also saw him equal F1's most successful ever driver's record for most GP wins in a season.

On the other hand his Australian teammate who has since retired from the sport could do no better than five second placed finishes and recorded 199 points, nearly half as many as Vettel effortlessly collected.

As a result Schumacher believes that it is was Vettel's dominance over the Australian that puts his breathtaking achievements into real perspective.

"Great job, very consistent," Schumacher replied when asked to assess Vettel's season in an interview with his former team Mercedes' YouTube channel.

"Look at his teammate, that's your reference point that you've got to take. he won all those races, 13 this year, Mark Webber won none in the end. That's pretty shocking. I'm glad I'm no his team mate." 

Despite only being 26 the German is already a worldwide cult figure as far as the sport is concerned and is firmly placed in the top five on F1's most prestigious all-time lists such as pole positions, victories and titles.

Schumacher who created his own legacy by racing in the sport for three decades and winning seven word titles along the way still leads the majority of the tables by considerable margins, and admits that if anyone is to beat his long standing records than it would have to be no one else but Vettel.

"He's a truly worthy champion and I'm really happy for him. If somebody can break all these records than I would prefer him than anyone else," Schumacher added.

The 44 year old was also quick to praise his old Mercedes team after the Brackley based outfit by far enjoyed their best season since returning to team ownership in 2010.

This is after the Silver Wings' finished second in the constructor's world championship after securing 360 points from 19 races.

"It's a great result, particularly when you consider where we were coming from last year," Schumacher who now serves as Mercedes ambassador said.

"We've been absolutely no where by the end of the year and nobody could be expected to be fighting even at that part of the season of the championship."

"They had a great start of the year and they even were able to push through the year quite hard until a point they understood 'okay here we are at the end of the championship for us so it's better to focus on 2014."


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