Uttar Pradesh, India (4E Sports) – Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull secured his fourth consecutive world title after a dominating performance at the Indian Grand Prix Sunday at Buddh International Circuit.
The 26-year-old Vettel drove a perfect race to win the event by 29.823 seconds over Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Romain Grosjean of Lotus placed third, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was fourth and McLaren’s Sergio Perex was fifth.
The victory was the sixth consecutive for Vettel, who became only the fourth man in history to win four titles, joining Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.
Vettel is six years younger than Schumacher when the latter became a four-time champion in 2001, giving him more chances to eclipse his compatriot’s record of seven world titles in the coming years.
“I’m speechless,” said Vettel. “I don’t know what to say, I crossed the line and I was just empty. You want to think of something to say and I just can’t. It has been an amazing season, the spirit in the team is great and it is a pleasure to jump in the car and drive.”
Vettel’s Red Bull team also won the Formula 1 constructors’ championship for the fourth consecutive year.
If Vettel win the three remaining races in Abu Dhabi, the United States, and Brazil, he will also tie Alberto Ascari’s run of nine consecutive grand prix wins, achieved in 1952 and 1953.
Despite his success, Vettel has not always been a popular winner to fans. His wins in Belgium, Britain, Canada and Singapore were greeted by boos.
“It has been hard for me in particular. To be booed when I have not done anything wrong was hard, but I think I answered it on the track, which I am very pleased about,” he said.
Vettel arrived in India needing only a fifth-place finish to be sure of the title, no matter what his only remaining rival Fernando Alonso did.
Alonso had to finish in the top two to have any chance of taking the championship to the next race in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
However, Alonso’s hopes were over by the first corner, when he was clipped by Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, who was knocked sideways by Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.