Vettel 'proud' to equal Schumacher run
3 November 2013 – Sebastian Vettel says he is not motivated by Formula 1 records, but admits to being "very proud" after equalling Michael Schumacher's run of seven straight victories.
The German, who blitzed the competition during Sunday evening's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, now needs just two more successive victories to draw level with Alberto Ascari's nine-race run from 1952-53, meaning he can do so by the end of the 2013 campaign.
"It is not what makes me jump in the car," said Vettel, who now has 37 victories to his name. "The thing is that people see seven races, they don't see the challenge it takes every single race to nail it. I think it is exceptional we got everything right, the pit-stops, the reliability. The numbers are not important to me but equally I am very, very proud.
"I remember when I was a small kid watching Formula 1 and Michael was with Ferrari and dominating and had a very strong car, and a strong team spirit for many years. To equal some of the stuff he managed to achieve is very special, not just for me but the whole team. They were special years and it is difficult to repeat a season like that."
With Mark Webber finishing second in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull secured its third 1-2 finish of the season, while the Milton Keynes-based outfit also celebrated its 100th podium.