Schumacher hails four-time champ Vettel (VIDEO)

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In a YouTube video posted today by Mercedes AMG Petronas, seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher counted himself lucky not to have gone head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel this past season.

“He won all those races, 13 this year,” Schumacher says in Mercedes’ season review. “[Teammate] Mark Webber, he won none in the end…That’s pretty shocking. I mean, [I’m] glad I’m not [Vettel’s] teammate.”

Vettel cruised to his fourth consecutive world title this season, finishing out 2013 on a record-tying streak of nine consecutive victories while become the first driver ever to pull off that feat in a single season.

“I’m really happy for him and if somebody can break all these records, then I’d prefer it to be him than somebody else,” said Schumacher, who ended his career with Mercedes in 2012 after cutting his first retirement short for a three-year run with the team.

He also touched upon Mercedes’ resurgent runner-up performance in this year’s constructors’ championship, saying that everything is in place for the squad to go for an even bigger result in 2014.

For more of Schumacher’s thoughts, check out the video above.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool