Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Vettel wins drivers’ title for fourth year running

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel has become the Formula One drivers’ champion for the fourth year in a row following his victory in the Indian Grand Prix.

He is only the third driver in Formula One history to win the title for four years running. The first was Juan Manuel Fangio, who became champion for the second time in 1954 then won the next three championships as well.

The other driver to win four in a row was Michael Schumacher, who took five of his seven championship victories consecutively between 2000 and 2004.

The 26-year-old Red Bull driver is the only person ever to win his first four championship titles consecutively.

Vettel said it was “unbelievable” to see his name alongside the sport’s all-time greats.

“I’m speechless,” he said on the podium after the race. “I crossed the line, I was empty. I took ages to think about something to say. It’s one of these moments you wish to say so many things but you can’t.”

Vettel said it had been a “phenomenal” season for the team. “I said it on the radio, it gives me so much power than it’s a pleasure to jump in the car and go out for the guys and just try to give it all I have.”

“The car was phenomenal today, It was phenomenal all season to be honest so I couldn’t ask for more.”

“The spirit in the team is fantastic,” he added. “The sort of numbers and statistics that we have done in the last four years is unbelievable.”

“I don’t feel old – I’m getting older but I think I’m not that old yet – but to achieve that in a short amount of time is very difficult to grasp. Maybe in ten years’ time, I’m trying very hard to come to the level I am now, maybe then I’m a little bit better in actually understanding what we have done so far.”

Team principal Christan Horner said: “For Sebastian to have joined the illustrious names of [Juan Manuel] Fangio, [Alain] Prost and [Michael] Schumacher is an incredible achievement, especially at such a young age and it’s a privilege to work with him.”

List of Formula One drivers’ champions

Rank Driver Championships
1 Michael Schumacher 7
2 Juan Manuel Fangio 5
=3 Alain Prost 4
=3 Sebastian Vettel 4
=5 Jack Brabham 3
=5 Jackie Stewart 3
=5 Niki Lauda 3
=5 Nelson Piquet 3
=5 Ayrton Senna 3
=10 Alberto Ascari 2
=10 Jim Clark 2
=10 Graham Hill 2
=10 Emerson Fittipaldi 2
=10 Mika Hakkinen 2
=10 Fernando Alonso 2
=16 Giuseppe Farina 1
=16 Mike Hawthorn 1
=16 Phil Hill 1
=16 John Surtees 1
=16 Denny Hulme 1
=16 Jochen Rindt 1
=16 James Hunt 1
=16 Mario Andretti 1
=16 Jody Scheckter 1
=16 Alan Jones 1
=16 Keke Rosberg 1
=16 Nigel Mansell 1
=16 Damon Hill 1
=16 Jacques Villeneuve 1
=16 Kimi Raikkonen 1
=16 Lewis Hamilton 1
=16 Jenson Button 1

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  1. They did it again… I have to admit that this time I have no doubts about who deserves the title. I might not like Vettel but he really nailed it with style. So congrats to Seb and RB!

  2. Just brilliant from Vettel and Red Bull. Perfect in every respect. Utterly deserved, and great scenes of character and emotion from Seb just top it all off. You can see what it means to them.

    Long may they reign.

    1. @mazdachris and today he finally mention how unfair the booing has been, and how great the Indian crowd behaved (and the did behave well)

  3. Congrats to Vettel, I don’t like him but you don’t become a 4 time world champion by accident or divine luck. He deserves it. Loved the celebration as well.

  4. vamsi (@crazyformula1fan)
    27th October 2013, 11:34

    last year was fantastic…..2 drivers fighting for title till the end…….anyway contrats seb

  5. Pitted on Lap 2. Went all the way to the back. Cleared 13 cars in 10 laps and proceed to lead the race, thus winning the WDC and WCC (For Redbull) and at the same time leading Ferrari in 2nd.

  6. I think every F1 fan should feel privileged to witness this. Even if you do not like the guy and secretly wish some accident would happen to his finger (temporary paralysis, say, we would not wish for something permanent), forty years from now, when your grandchildren start comparing drivers and quoting stats, you can wait till they get to Vettel and say: I was there.
    F1 is far from boring, to the contrary. Now the real suspense starts. How far can he take it? Five in a row? Will he be the first one to do six? It almost feels worth rooting for him just to see this happen. After all, unlike Schumacher, none of his titles has been tainted with cheating, wouldn’t he be a better person to top the charts?
    But I do feel sorry for Hamilton and Alonso.

    1. + 10000000000000……

  7. Vettel did some million overtakes in this race :)

    1. He really blasted through the field, something the likes of Rosberg, Massa and Hamilton simply couldn’t.

      1. It’s quite easy to blast through the field when you are 0.5 seconds or more per lap faster than everyone else.

        1. @nick-uk Rosberg, Massa, Alonso and Hamilton couldn’t. Sure, the RB is the fastest car, but the Ferrari and Mercs are also faster than the rest, besides the Lotus.

          1. Yes, and guys like Ricciardo defended exactly as hard from Vettel as from Fernando

  8. Congratulations to Vettel. He deserved the title and what better way to win the title than winning the race.

  9. Congratulations to Sebastian, he drove a great race and has been mighty all season. A thoroughly well deserved victory in the race and the world championship.

  10. Epic rubber burning after the race and then kneeling in front of his RB9. Epic indeed. Screw fia and the their stupid rules.

  11. Congratulations to Sebastien IVettel and Red Bull for whipping ‘Car’ manufacturers like Ferrari (sad but true) and winning 4 championships on the trot. Well Done!

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      27th October 2013, 15:27

      RBR sort of counts as Renault since Team Enstone stopped being Renault, I think….

      1. And on top of that, their name is Infinity Red Bull. Infinity is a Nisan brand which in turn us owned (or controlled) by Renault.

  12. A four time world champion, incredible. Sebastian Vettel has had a fantastic season: faultless in pretty much every single race. For me, this is without any doubt his greatest championship year (to date).

    I will say, I’m not a Vettel fan at all. I appreciate drivers who’s goal it is to gain respect from their fellow competitors, not drivers who race purely to win (same reason I appreciate Fangio, Moss and Clark more than Senna and Schumacher). But then again, apart from Malaysia, he has surely gained my respect this year. This year, Sebastian Vettel has made the leap from World Champion to F1’s greatest, in my opinion.

    1. Pretty much with you on this one. Multi-21 was a hick-up, but as a Schumacher and Alonso fan, I hardly can hold that against the rest of his season.

      Even in 2012 Vettel sometimes acted a little out when things weren’t going his way, in 2011 he didn’t maximize as much as he does now and in 2010 he made a ton of mistakes on his way to the title. Still, you can’t deny his ability (though many try) and that he has been spot-on this season.

      Honestly, the way he celebrated, the donuts, throwing his gloves into the crowd has also really upped my respect for Vettel; he finally showed some proper emotions.

  13. Can we have more of those celebrations every race, please? Pretty please?

    Ok, I don’t expect tears and drivers bowing to their cars every race, but they really should be allowed to take it to the track and interact directly with the crowd.

  14. Congratulations for the champion. I think this year there can be no doubt he deserved it. This season proved to be a real challenge for Vettel and Red Bull. They prevailed.

  15. Congratulations to Vettel – one of the greats.

    1. Congrats to Seb and RBR amazing job!!!

  16. Congratulations to Seb and RB .. It’s a great achievement..

  17. Looking at his rivals comments before the race said it all. Lauda, Hamilton and more, they all said there was no stopping Vettel today, and in the championship. And how right they were. Very deserved championships by Vettel and Red Bull.

  18. I loved the burnout at the end – I wish more f1 drivers did this. it was a great way to celebrate a championship – forget picking up marbles and saving fuel on cool down lap, he just let his emotions flow – he knew he can leave the car on the track… so many others left their car without even doing a cool down lap. so awesome to see an f1 car do a burnout, and even better to see the best driver in the best car do such a great doughnut burnout – that will stay in my mind for a long time. it is up their with Juan Montoya’s doughnut burnout on the streets on London in 2002 or 2003 – so great to see an f1 car doing such a manoeuvre – and a fitting way to capture a dominant championship win – he really “grasped” the championship with that burnout – it was very symbolic.

    1. @hugomac As mentioned in the round-up, there’s some doubt over those quotes:

      Hamilton allegedly tells AS Alonso would be ”far beyond” Vettel in same car

      1. Funny thing is that for periodicals like AS Hamilton was even a worse evil, worst driver than Vettel and now is one of the better drivers in the padock

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