Red Bull’s German driver Sebastian Vettel won Formula 1 Grand Prix of India on Sunday and became the world champion for the fourth time in a row, with three races remaining until the end of the 2013 season.
Sebastian Vettel becomes 2013 F1 World Champion and claims 4th successive title after India Grand Prix win (Public domain)
Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix and claimed the fourth consecutive F1 World Title. Red Bull driver said after the race in New Delhi that he can not express the joy after his magnificent success.
“I am speechless. I do not know what to say, I crossed the finish line and I felt depleted. I’m thinking to say something, but I simply can not. It’s been a great season, the atmosphere in the team is great and is nice to jump in the car and drive,” said the German.
Sebastian Vettel says he does not yet realize the importance of his performance. “When I started racing, Formula 1 seemed so far away, but there are many people I would like to thank to, from the time when I joined karting until now. I learned a lot and I’ve always tried to listen. It is extraordinary to get on top of a rank of such talented pilots. I might not realize what we have achieved so far. Maybe in ten years from now, I’ll look back and understand what I did,” said quadruple world champion.
Vettel is still affected by the fact that he has been booed throughout this season and does not understand why some fans have done this. “The season was not easy, even if from outside it seemed to have everything in our hands. It was difficult for me personally to be booed even though I had done nothing wrong. I’m Very proud that I got over it and offered answers on the track,” added Vettel.
In New Delhi, he was followed by German Nico Rosbeg (Mercedes) and Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Lotus -Renault). The fourth to cross the finish line was the Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (Ferrari), the fifth was Mexican Sergio Perez (McLaren – Mercedes) and the sixth ranked Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
The 7-10 places were taken in the following order: Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus -Renault), Briton Paul Di Resta (Force India), Germany Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso).
Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) had problems during the start after an easy crash and finished 11th.
Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull) dropped in round 40/60 due to technical problems.
Following these results, also the Red Bull team became the constructor’s world champion for the fourth consecutive time.
The seventeenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Emirate’s Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, will take place next weekend.
Only German Michael Schumacher, a 7-time world champion and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, crowned five times in the 1950s, managed to win more titles than Vettel, while Alain Prost claimed the same number of titles (4) as the Red Bull’s pilot.
Drivers’ standings (top ten positions) is as follows:
1. Sebastian Vettel 322 points ;
2. Fernando Alonso 207 ;
3. Kimi Raikkonen 183 ;
4. Lewis Hamilton 169;
5. Mark Webber 148 ;
6. Nico Rosberg 144;
7. Felipe Massa 102 ;
8. Romain Grosjean 102 ;
9. Jenson Button 60 ;
10. Paul di Resta 40 .
1. Red Bull 470 points ;
2. Mercedes 313;
3. Ferrari 309 ;
4. Lotus Renault 285 ;
5. McLaren – Mercedes 93;
6. Force India 68 ;
7. Sauber 45 ;
8. Toro Rosso 32;
9. Williams 1 ;
10-11 . Caterham , Marussia 0 .