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.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)