Vettel wins drivers’ title for fourth year running

2013 Indian Grand Prix

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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169 comments on Vettel wins drivers’ title for fourth year running

  1. Putti SPIII (@veldaarf1) said on 27th October 2013, 11:53

    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!

  2. andae23 (@andae23) said on 27th October 2013, 11:59

    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.

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 27th October 2013, 12:12

      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.

  3. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 27th October 2013, 12:07

    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.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 27th October 2013, 12:16

    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.

  5. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 27th October 2013, 12:27

    Congratulations to Vettel – one of the greats.

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

  7. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 27th October 2013, 13:16

    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.

  8. kpcart said on 27th October 2013, 13:56

    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.

  9. sasho (@ferrist) said on 27th October 2013, 14:28

    Good for Vettel, not so good for Formula 1 , terrible for everyone who would like to see interesting races with a lot of battle from start to the race to the finish. He won the championship without any feel of pressure. His 3rd title was a present from Lotus’s drivers, his 4th from Adrian. Adrian I’m pretty sure , you’are a incredible.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 27th October 2013, 18:51

      @ferrist – That is nonsensical. You’re criticising him for winning the title too easily “without any feel of pressure”, then you dismiss his 3rd title, won with a determined drive from last with a damaged car as a gift from Lotus drivers?

  10. sasho (@ferrist) said on 27th October 2013, 14:28

    Good for Vettel, not so good for Formula 1 , terrible for everyone who would like to see interesting races with a lot of battle from start to the race to the finish. He won the championship without any feel of pressure. His 3rd title was a present from Lotus’s drivers, his 4th from Adrian. Adrian I’m pretty sure , you’are a incredible.

  11. Kevin said on 27th October 2013, 14:31

    Been a huge Seb fan ever since he won at Monza in a Minardi (Toro Rosso). Been a privilege to watch him all these years.
    Remember, he is only 26. Of the other 4 time winners, only Schumacher has had only 1 WDC by age 26. Prost may not have even had a race win? Poles, podiums, and wins far, far more than any of the legends as well.
    The NASCAR doughnut was fitting. More doughnuts in F1, no fines or reprimand if the winner does it.

  12. Diceman (@diceman) said on 27th October 2013, 14:39

    Congrats to Vettel, best season he has driven so far. Already 4-time champion, and he is only 26, so his best years may still be ahead. Imagine that :D

  13. LAK (@lak) said on 27th October 2013, 14:48

    An amazing achievement that no one can deny. Vettel is one of the greats no doubt! The fact that he’s very young maybe makes it difficult to see what a legend he is. I’m sure the next generation will look up to him just as we do to Senna, Prost, Stewart, Lauda, and the rest of the greats. Like Schumacher it’s an absolute honour to witness a champion race. When we grow up we’ll be able to say, yes I’ve seen Sebastian Vettel race live. I’m sure then all those who boo him now will feel stupid that they booed one of the greats. Congratulations #IVettel!! I just hope next year we won’t see #V(roman numeral)ettel lol and that someone challenges him and we see a closer fight for the title.

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