Vettel dominates Indian GP, extends lead over Alonso to 13 points
New Delhi, India (4E Sports) – Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was unchallenged, leading from start to finish en route to a 9.4-second victory over closest rival Fernando Alonso at the Indian Grand Prix Sunday.
The victory, Vettel’s second straight in New Delhi and his fourth consecutive this season, helped extend his drivers’ championship lead over Alonso to 13 points.
“I think it’s been an incredible two years for us, both times to come here and win the race, get the pole on Saturday and win the race on Sunday is fantastic. There’s always a very nice trophy so I’m very, very happy to pick up another nice one this year, so a very special grand prix” Vettel said.
Vettel also became the first driver to lead every lap for three races in a row — San Marino, Monaco and Mexico — since the late Ayrton Senna in 1989.
“It’s very, very special. I think we all will remember Ayrton forever, not just because he was successful and he had these kinds of numbers speaking for him but he was a great person. So very, very happy,” said Vettel, who now has 240 points, 13 more than Alonso with three races left in the season.
Alonso, for his part, kept his drivers’ championship hopes alive by eluding two McLaren cars and Mark Webber to take second position.
“I never give up. We will never give up. We congratulate Red Bull but we want to be happy today. We were quite fast on the straight line. Today we have to thank the team for this speed. The track gave us some overtaking maneuver,” Alonso said.
Webber settled for third ahead of McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by teammate Jenson Button.
Felipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raiokkonen, Nico Hulkenbeg and teammate Romain Grosjean. Willams` Bruno Senna took the last point available with 10th position.
Home side Force India finished eighth to gain four points, reducing Sauber’s lead in the Constructors’ championship to 23 points.
After ending up 17th last year, India`s Narain Karthikeyan finished 21st due to brake problems.