Michael Schumacher 'pretty happy' if Sebastian Vettel breaks records
By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Michael Schumacher says he would be "pretty happy" if Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel went on to break his world records of wins and world titles.
Schumacher quit F1 with seven titles and 91 wins. Vettel is on course to win a fourth consecutive championship this year and has 31 wins at the age of 26.
He said: "A friend of mine achieving it, it stays 'in the family'."
The 44-year-old said: "I always thought records were there to be broken," adding he believed his would be.
Born 3 January
Makes F1 debut in Belgium for Jordan team
Third in championship for Benetton
Wins first title for Benetton
First title for Ferrari
Makes it five titles in a row
Last win in China. Retires at end of the season
Returns to F1 with Mercedes
Announces retirement at end of the season
"I didn't have statistics in my mind when I was racing," Schumacher said. "It was always a consequence - a nice consequence. I enjoyed it but it wasn't the reason I was racing," said Schumacher, who was speaking in an exclusive interview with BBC F1's Lee McKenzie, which will be broadcast in the BBC One qualifying show on Saturday at 12:10 BST.
"There is no reason the limits I set will be different because the environment changes. We had 16 races; now there are 20 races. So it is easier to win more races in a season. People arrive [in F1] a lot younger so they have a longer time they can spend in F1."
He added that, as a result of this, records set in different eras are not necessarily comparable.
"It was different with [Juan Manuel] Fangio and myself. You cannot compare his five with the seven I achieved.
"I always made it clear that those achievements of Fangio are so unique, so special, because if you look at the cars, I have the greatest respect for what those guys are doing.
"I feel a bit guilty to have broken those records because I don't think I broke them. I just set my own benchmarks and they did theirs."
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