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2013-11-24 19:38

BRAZILIAN START: German drivers Nico Rosberg (left) of Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull lead at the start of the 2013 Brazilian F1 GP at Interlagos on November 24. Image: AFP

It was a tough race for some - especially Lewis Hamilton - but nothing went wrong for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who came through for his ninth and record equalling consecutive win.

Hamilton was wiped out in a wheel-to-wheel collision which put Bottas out of the race and earned Hamilton a drive through - echoing a similar penalty for arch-rival Felipe Massa who earlier had a drive-through for crossing the pits protection line.

The rain stayed away and at the end it was Vettel, from team mate Webber followed by Alonso, Button and Rosberg


Vettel's team mate Mark Webber tried hard to have a last-race, career-ending win but Vettel stayed easily ahead running seven seconds ahead towards the end of the race.

Vettel is the first driver to win nine successive races in a single season although Italian Alberto Ascari strung together nine in a row over two campaigns in 1952-53.


Nico Hulkenberg's F1 future looked assured after news media in the German's homeland revealed he was swoppping from Sauber to Force India for the 2014 season.

The 26-year-old, who did not immediately confirm the move ahead of the season-ending Brazil GP, had also been courted by Lotus but instead he will return to Vijay Mallya's team where he previously collected 63 championship points.

He replaced Sergio Perez at Sauber for 2013 and collected 47 points to stand 11th in the Drivers' rankings.

Result from the Brazilian F1 GP at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Sunday
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1hr32min36.300
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull +00min10.452
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +00min18.913
4 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00min37.360
5 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +00min39.048
6 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren +00min44.051
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00min49.110
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber +01min04.252
9 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +01min12.903
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1 lap
11 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1 lap
12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber +1 lap
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India +1 lap
14 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus +1 lap
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +1 lap
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +1 lap
17 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia +2 laps
18 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham +2 laps
19 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia +2 laps
Charles Pic (France) Caterham - 13 laps
Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 26 laps
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 69 laps
Fastest lapmin Mark Webber,1min15.436, lap 51.

Drivers’ and Constructors standings after the 2013 Brazilian F1 GP at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Sunday

1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 397
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 242
3 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull - 199
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 189
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 183
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 171
7 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 132
8 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari - 112
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 73
10 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber - 51
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren - 49
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - 48
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - 29
14 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - 20
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 13
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 6
17 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 4
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - 1
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 0
20 Charles Pic (France) Caterham - 0
21 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - 0
22 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham - 0
23 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0

1 Red Bull - 596
2 Mercedes 360
3 Ferrari 354
4 Lotus - 315
5 McLaren 122
6 Force India - 77
7 Sauber - 57
8 Toro Rosso - 33
9 Williams - 5
10 Marussia - 0
11 Caterham - 0

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