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Vettel's road to the 2013 F1 title

2013-10-27 14:47

ON PAR WITH LEGENDS: Sebastian Vettel dominated the Indian GP to claim his sixth win in a row in 2013 as well as his fourth consecutive F1 title. Image: AFP

Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth successive Formula 1 championship at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix on Sunday. Read how Vettel wrapped up the 2013 title with three races left in the season!

GREATER NOIDA, India - Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth successive Formula 1 championship for Red Bull at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel became the youngest driver to win four straight titles, with Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher the only other drivers to achieve the feat.


Despite team mate Mark Webber's retirement from the race, Red Bull also secured its fourth Constructors' title.

VETTEL'S ROAD TO SUCCESS IN 2013: (There are races left in the season)

Points: Kimi Raikkonen 25, Fernando Alonso 18, Vettel 15
Vettel started in pole position but struggled with tyre wear allowing Raikkonen to win the season-opener and claim his 20th career victory.
Vettel said: "We could see from the first few laps that the tyres were falling apart. Sometimes we have to admit that other people are faster than us."

Vettel 40, Raikkonen 31, Mark Webber 26
Vettel started on pole and won the race after defying team orders to allow team mate Webber win. Alonso crashed out on the second lap after hitting the rear of Vettel's car and damaging his own front wing.
Vettel said: "I made a mistake, I'm not proud of it."

Vettel 52, Raikkonen 49, Alonso 43
Alonso won the 2013 Chinese GP, beating Raikkonen by 10.1 seconds. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton started on pole but fell behind. Vettel finished fourth.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: "The tyres are the dominating factor at the moment."

Vettel 77, Raikkonen 67, Lewis Hamilton 50
The 2013 Bahrain GP saw Vettel earn a commanding win. He started on the front row and was so far ahead after 25 of the 57 laps, that he could pit and still come out in the lead. Alonso was eighth after an unscheduled stop due to DRS failure.
Vettel said: "It was pretty dominant today. Certainly we had more pace than we expected."

Vettel 89, Raikkonen 85, Alonso 72
Alonso started fifth but put some heat on Vettel to claim his second win of the 2013 season. Vettel was fourth in a race full of pitstops.
Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz said: "This has nothing to do with racing any more. This is a competition in tyre management."


Vettel 107, Raikkonen 86, Alonso 78
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the Monaco GP from pole, a week after the team had conducted a 'secret' tyre test with Pirelli in Spain. Vettel and Webber finished in second and third respectively.
Vettel said: "Usually you expect two Silver Arrows in front of you and there were two buses today going for a cruise,"

Vettel 132, Alonso 96, Raikkonen 88
Vettel won a race clouded by the death of a marshal, the first fatality in F1 for more than a decade. Vettel finished 14.4 seconds clear of Alonso in second place for his first victory on North American soil.
Vettel said: "Finally we got our first win (in America), it's off the list now."


Vettel 132, Alonso 111, Raikkonen 98
Rosberg avoided the spate of tyre blowouts that almost caused the race to be stopped and took his second win in three races. Vettel suffered a rare mechanical breakdown 11 laps from the end. Alonso qualified ninth and finished third.
Vettel commented: "Lost the drive, lost the gearbox!"

Vettel 157, Alonso 123, Raikkonen 116
A first home win for Vettel, while Red Bull also made headlines when a wheel came off Webber's car in the pitlane and hit a television cameraman. Alonso finished fourth.
Vettel said: "I'm very happy the race ended at 60 laps and not 61 or 62."

Vettel 172, Raikkonen 134, Alonso 133
Hamilton claimed his first win for Mercedes at the 2013 Hungarian GP. Vettel finished third, with Raikkonen second.
Vettel, who had complained Raikkonen had not given him enough room during a failed attempt to pass the Lotus, commented:
"I told Kimi I was not happy but he was laughing."

Vettel 197, Alonso 151, Hamilton 139
Vettel chalked up his fifth win in 11 races. Alonso was second while Raikkonen's record run of 27 successive races in the points came to an end. Greenpeace activists, demonstrating against race sponsor Shell, protested before and after the race.
Alonso said: "When they are dominating the weekend, when they do everything better than us and they win the race, they deserve the win."


Vettel 222, Alonso 169, Hamilton 141
Ferrari fans booed Vettel, who led from pole position.
Vettel said: "You can hear the difference when you don't win here in a red suit."

Vettel 247, Alonso 187, Hamilton 151
More boos for Vettel's most dominant win of the 2013 season. Alonso was second, 32.6 seconds behind, and received a reprimand for giving Webber a "taxi ride" back to the pits on his Ferrari after the race.
Vettel said: "As long as they keep on booing, then we are doing a good job."

Vettel 272, Alonso 195, Raikkonen 167
Fourth win in a row for Vettel and a hat-trick of Korean GP victories. Alonso finished sixth.
Hamilton said: "He has won already. "Personally, I feel for the fans because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning."

Vettel 297, Alonso 207, Raikkonen 177
Fifth successive win and ninth of the season. Webber started on pole with Vettel alongside but the Red Bull's were passed by Lotus' Romain Grosjean at the start. Vettel adopted a two stop strategy, to Webber's three, and won the race.
Vettel said: "A horrible start but then a fantastic comeback."

Vettel 322, Alonso 207, Raikkonen 183
Sixth successive win and 10th of the season. vettel started on a pole and earned a hat-trick of Indian victories. Alonso finished 11th.
Vettel said: "I don't know what to say but it is the best day of my life so far."
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