Michael Schumacher reckons it is 'shocking' the way Sebastian Vettel outperformed his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber this season.
Vettel dominated in 2013, winning 13 races in total - including a record nine victories in a row at the end of the season, en-route
to his four Drivers' title in succession. Webber on the other-hand ended up third in the Drivers' Championship, with almost less than half the amount of points as his team-mate – 199 points versus 397. He also didn't win – although he did manage eight podiums and was arguably the 'moral' victor in Malaysia, losing out only after Vettel ignored team orders.
“Great job, very consistent,” Schumacher replied when asked about Vettel's season. “Look at his team-mate - that is your reference point that you have got to take. He [Vettel] won all those races, 13 this year, and Mark Webber won none in the end. That is pretty shocking. I'm glad I'm not his [Vettel's] team-mate!
“But definitely he is a truly worthy champion. I am really happy for him. If somebody can break all my records, I prefer it to be him than somebody else.”
Schumacher also added how impressed he was with his old team this year and he believes Mercedes can really challenge in 2014.
“It [second place in the Constructors'] is a great result, particularly if you consider where we were coming from last season,” added the German. “I mean we were absolutely nowhere by the end of last year and nobody could have expected us to be fighting, even part of the season, for the championship. So they did it.
“They had a great start to the year and they even were able to a sort of push through the year quite hard until a point that they understood - 'Okay, here we are at the end of the championship for us, so it is better now to focus on 2014'.
“The infrastructure now is in place. Ross Brawn decided to have the right amount of people in the right positions and everything now is there to have the base to fight for the championship in the future and that's what I think can happen. Anyway, congratulations for the second position.”