Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing made it nine wins in a row after he won the 2013 Formula 1 season ending Brazilin Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday.
This achievement by Vettel puts him on par with the all-time greats of the sport. He has equalled the number of most consecutive wins of 9 in a season set by Alberto Ascari in the 50’s and has also matched most number of wins in a season of 13 by compatriot Michael Schumacher.
It was a superb drive from Vettel who did not put a foot wrong in a race that he dominated from start to finish. Behind him was his outgoing teammate Mark Webber who raced his last at Interlagos. In third place was Fernando Alonso of Ferrari who managed to stand on the Brazilian podium for the eighth time in his career.
Jenson Button was the driver of the day as he finished in fourth place for McLaren, their best result of a bitterly disappointing season, in which they failed to score a single podium – something that hasn’t happened in a long time for them. Button had started the race in 14th position but managed to make all the way up the grid in the season ending race. His teammate, Sergio Perez also put up a great show before finishing in sixth place for the day.
A fifth place for Nico Rosberg and ninth place finish for Lewis Hamilton ensured Mercedes finished the constructors’ championship in second place behind Red Bull Racing. If Alonso had just finished a place above or even his teammate Felipe Massa had, they could’ve displaced Mercedes from their second place, but it wasn’t the case.
Massa, who drove his last for Ferrari, finished seventh and will be bitterly disappointed with a drive-through penalty that he had to serve for cutting the put exit line twice. If it wasn’t for the penalty, he could’ve finished above Perez or even Rosberg.
Nico Hulkenberg for Sauber came home in eighth place while Red Bull driver for 2014 Daniel Ricciardo rounded off the top ten drivers.
The 2013 Formula 1 season has come to a close and the Formula 1 fraternity will be taking a much-needed break before getting ready for the 2014 season in January with the tests.
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