Sixth win in a row gives Vettel fourth title at age 26

2013 Indian Grand Prix stats and facts

It was mentioned several times yesterday but the bald facts of Sebastian Vettel’s astonishing success bear restating: at the age of 26 years and 123 days, he has just won the world championship for the fourth time.

That made him the fourth driver in F1 history to claim four world titles:

Driver Age at fourth title Race title was won at Titles Years
Juan Manuel Fangio 45 years, 82 days 1956 Italian Grand Prix 5 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Alain Prost 38 years, 224 days 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix 4 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993
Michael Schumacher 32 years, 236 days 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix 7 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sebastian Vettel 26 years, 123 days 2013 Indian Grand Prix 4 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

It was the 11th world championship victory for a German driver, all of which have been shared by Schumacher and Vettel. Only British drivers have scored more, with 14 titles shared between 10 of them.

Somewhat overlooked amid the world championship hullabaloo was the fact that this was Vettel’s sixth win in a row. Only two drivers have won more races consecutively: Alberto Ascari and Schumacher.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013The record for most wins in consecutive rounds of the world championship is the seven races won by those two drivers. However Ascari won nine consecutive races he entered in 1952 and 1953, skipping the points-scoring 1953 Indianapolis 500.

Wins in the remaining three races would tie Vettel with Ascari’s record, and with Schumacher’s record of most wins in a season. However Schumacher’s record 13 wins were scored in an 18-race championship in 2004.

It would also push Vettel past the record of most points scored in a season, which is the 392 he racked up in 2011. Of course, as noted regarding Fernando Alonso’s helmet, the changing points system makes it hard to compare between the two. For what it’s worth, Schumacher would have scored 380 points in 2002 under the current scoring system.

Vettel added his third hat-trick of wins in consecutive events at the same track, winning in India from 2011 to 2013 as he also has in Korea and Singapore. That plus his formidable record in Japan (four wins in five years) demonstrates his supreme dominance of this sequence of Asian races.

He chalked up his 36th career win, leaving him five short of Ayrton Senna, and his 43rd pole position.

India became the 20th different country to decide the destiny of the drivers’ championship. The Buddh International Circuit is the 28th different track where the 64 titles have been won:

Country Title deciders Tracks
Japan 13 Suzuka (11), Fuji (1), TI Aida (1)
Italy 11 Monza (11)
USA 6 Watkins Glen (3), Caesar’s Palace (2), Sebring (1)
Brazil 6 Interlagos (6)
Portugal 3 Estoril (2), Porto (1)
Mexico 3 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (3)
Germany 3 Nurburgring (3)
Switzerland 2 Bremgarten (2)
Spain 2 Pedralbes (1), Jerez (1)
South Africa 2 East London (1), Kyalami (1)
Hungary 2 Hungaroring (2)
Great Britain 2 Aintree (1), Brands Hatch (1)
Australia 2 Adelaide (2)
Morocco 1 Ain-Diab (1)
India 1 Buddh International Circuit (1)
France 1 Magny-Cours (1)
Canada 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1)
Belgium 1 Spa-Francorchamps (1)
Austria 1 Osterreichring (1)
United Arab Emirates 1 Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi) (1)

Red Bull also won the constructors’ championship on the first day both titles have been won since their and Vettel’s predecessors Jenson Button and Brawn did so at Interlagos in 2009.

Ferrari match McLaren’s record

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Ferrari have equalled McLaren’s record for most points scores in consecutive races. They have scored for 64 races in a row, featuring in the top ten at every race since the 2010 British Grand Prix.

That was also the last race Fernando Alonso finished without scoring a point until yesterday’s grand prix. The upside to which is he can continue to wear his helmet marking his record 1,571 points in Abu Dhabi this weekend if he chooses to.

Romain Grosjean’s climb from 17th on the grid to finish on the podium was the most positions any drivers has gained so far this year, a climb of 14 places. The previous best was Paul di Resta’s gain of 13 places to finish eighth at Silverstone. This was Grosjean’s third consecutive third place finish.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap of the race, the 39th of his career.

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92 comments on Sixth win in a row gives Vettel fourth title at age 26

  1. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 28th October 2013, 11:23

    This is what I came up with:
    • Vettel is on par with Alain Prost with pole positions in 20 different Grand Prix
    • Vettel is shared 2nd behind Alain Prost (22) with pole positions on 20 different circuits (Senna & Mansell also have 20)
    • Kimi FLAP in India put him 2nd behind MSC (24) with FLAP in 19 different Grand Prix
    • Kimi FLAP in India put him shared 2nd behind MSC (22) with FLAP on 19 different circuits (Prost also has 19)
    • Vettel is now shared 6th with podiums in 21 different Grand Prix (MSC leads with 25, Alonso/Raikonnen each 23 and Hamilton also 21)
    • Vettel has currently lead at least 1 lap for 10 races consecutively (starting Canada), his best streak is 13 (Japan 2010 – Britain 2011).
    • Vettel has now lead at least 1 lap in 15 of 16 races this year (only not in ), he can still break his own record of 17 race with 1 lap lead (2011 17/19)

  2. gatekiller (@gatekiller) said on 28th October 2013, 11:34

    Amidst everything going on during the race, I completely forgot that Grosjean started in 17th place! He certainly isn’t the same man that joined Renault in 2009.

  3. As someone previously pointed out – if Vettel was to win in India he would be 8 days younger when securing his 4th title than Alain Prost was when he won his first F1 grand prix. This blows my tiny freekin’ mind.

    By my count:

    Vettel 4th title – 26 years 123 days (taken from above)
    Prost first race – 26 years 131 days (taking dates from Wikipedia)

  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 28th October 2013, 11:52

    Unless I’m mistaken, I believe Max Chilton has now matched Tiago Monteiro’s record of most consecutive classified finishes by a rookie driver with 16.

  5. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 28th October 2013, 11:58

    If Schum was 32 when getting his 4th, and imagining Vettel “just” gets 7WDC in his career, that means he still has 6 years to achieve the 5th. An I guess he will do it sooner.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 28th October 2013, 12:30

      The thing is, Seb can win 6 more WDC or just stop at 4. F1 is tricky like Alonso said few weeks ago: somewhere down the road Vettel will need to drive a car that is off the leading pace and winning will get just harder. Back in 2006 many people, particularly in Spain, were asking when will Alonso tie Senna’s 3 WDC, get past Prost and eventually even Schumacher’s record, now the latter looks very unlikely and even many people would say a 4 times WDC Fernando Alonso is a long shot. Lewis Hamilton almost won WDC as a rookie and after winning the title in 2008 many did bet he was on his way to multiple championships, sure his career isn’t over but after 5 years he still seats in a single WDC.

      Seb is bright, and the way he goes for the records just shows he knows that the best means might not be there forever.

      • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 28th October 2013, 13:21

        @jcost you say he “needs” to drive a car which is not the top notch, but also, if he is in that car (with a multi-year contract or not) the best team will hire him. Wouldn’t you do what it takes to hire Vettel? I mean, it’s like he has proved with titles what was said about Hamilton and Alonso before:
        Alonso > Schum YES, he beat him 2 years in a row (probably schum was already in free falling?)
        Raikonnen was already a big challenge –> won 2007 WDC
        Super Rookie (Hamilton) –> beat Alonso 2 years in a row (plus Alonso fleeing from McLaren to a midfield option)
        Super Duper car+Great driver (Button) –> WDC 2009 (You can even say it was against the odds)
        2010 to now –> another rookie blasts all the other champions (and 4 times)

        So if you follow this modern era tendency, the only one capable of beating Vettel is an upcoming talent.

        • JCost (@jcost) said on 28th October 2013, 13:42

          Button was not an upcoming talent. What I’m trying to say is that expecting Seb to dominate until he retires is quite optimist. Plus, Seb is good enough to be hired by any top team but even those teams get it wrong, just look at Ferrari or 2013 McLaren…

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 28th October 2013, 13:31

      Anthony Davidson did a good report on Vettel’s driving which showed how he feathers the throttle really cleverly to get the exhaust to blow the diffuser nicely and how he knows exactly when to make small adjustments to extract the most from the car.

      I remember Webber was much more on his pace vs Vettel before the blown diffuser business. Once they changed the rules and Red Bull’s new solution wasn’t working as well, Vettel wasn’t quicker than Webber but once they got to grips with it again, he pulled away.

      Personally, I think Vettel is a fantastic driver who has adapted to the current set of rules perfectly but with everything changing, it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. You won’t be able to drive the cars in the same way you do now with the new regs so everyone will have to adapt to suit. If the way you will have to drive perfectly suits (for example) Grosjean, you could see him as the one to beat. Anything can happen!

      This generation of regs though have been absolutely dominated by Vettel so it’s up to the rest to make the next 5 or so years their time.

      • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 28th October 2013, 21:12

        Webber was also much more closely matched on pace when they raced om Bridgestones

        • ThrillerWA09 (@thrillerwa09) said on 29th October 2013, 15:57

          Ahhhh, Bridgestones. I miss those days.

          But really, I do. Think about the 2010 season… EPIC. SO close. I hope next year, Pirelli churns out some much more conservative tires so we can see some classic racing and drivers pushing the new cars to the limit more of the time.

      • Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 28th October 2013, 23:47

        This is a good comment. I share the same view.

        I wont be surprised if Vettel doesnt win another championship. This is F1, anything can happen. I remember at the end of 06, everyone was pretty sure that we were in for an era of Alonso domination, it well could have been the case. He could have won titles in 07 and 08 if the Mclaren business didnt get out of hand….but look whats happened…7 years down the track and he’s still plonked at 2 WDCs.

        As the saying goes, every dog has its day..Vettel may have already had his.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 28th October 2013, 16:29

      Whether he beats Michael record or not will depend entirely on his career choices, staying in an uncompetitive Red Bull or changing teams to prove doubters wrong could be a mistake. He has to be as cold as Fangio to put himself in the best seat available no matter what.
      Every top team would hire him in a flash, he has to be smart enough to take advantage of that.

  6. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 28th October 2013, 11:59

    It was the 11th world championship victory for a German driver

    I thought, “what about Jochen Rindt”, but I saw on wikipedia that he was a German driver representing Austria.

    On title deciders: Ceasar’s Palace (2): two championships have been decided in a car park lol!

  7. Simon (@s162000) said on 28th October 2013, 12:08

    That was also the last race Fernando Alonso finished without scoring a point until yesterday’s grand prix. The upside to which is he can continue to wear his helmet marking his record 1,571 points in Abu Dhabi this weekend if he chooses to.

    Haha! Definately a weekend for Alonso to forget, the irony of wearing a helmet celebrating his points record and not scoring any for the first time in 13 races. And Vettel wrapping up the title. Pretty sure he won’t be wearing that helmet again!

  8. eljueta said on 28th October 2013, 12:11

    That was also the last race Fernando Alonso finished without scoring a point until yesterday’s grand prix. The upside to which is he can continue to wear his helmet marking his record 1,571 points in Abu Dhabi this weekend if he chooses to.

    I lol’d :D

  9. Red Bull also won the constructors’ championship on the first day both titles have been won since their and Vettel’s predecessors Jenson Button and Brawn did so at Interlagos in 2009.

    I don’t understand that @keithcollantine as Button and Brawn were crowned in October 18th…

  10. Sumedh said on 28th October 2013, 12:14

    Vettel leads the Drivers standings as well as the Constructors’ standings.
    Vettel = 322
    Mercedes = 313
    Ferrari = 309.

  11. Veteran said on 28th October 2013, 12:18

    If the RedBull team would only have 1 car with Vettel in it, they still would lead the WCC.
    Meaning Vettel has scored more points on his own, than any other team with 2 drivers.

  12. Some other Stats :
    Grosjean Finished P3 for 3rd time in a row (Korea, Japan, India).
    Rosberg P2 Podium finish was his 3rd Podium of this season and his 1st two are Top steps in Monaco and Silverstone
    Sergio Perez Equalized Mclaren’s Best Finish with a P5, which Jenson scored in Chinese GP.

  13. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 28th October 2013, 12:30

    sorry to break the fun @keithcollantine
    Abu Dhabi isn’t a country. it’s the capital of United Arab Emirates :p

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th October 2013, 12:33

      Very good point – updated accordingly.

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 28th October 2013, 13:24

      It actually confuses me as to why it is the Abu Dhabi GP and not the Emirates GP (or something to that effect). Anybody know why

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 28th October 2013, 15:46

      It’s not quite as simple. Abu Dhabi is the capital of Abu Dhabi [no typo here], which is one of the constituent emirates of the UAE. Each emirate has substantial powers, and only some powers are held by the federal government.

      When comparing it with the EU and the US, the federal level of the UAE has probably more powers than the EU, but less than the US.

      I assume that the GP name reflects the name of the emirate rather than the city. In fact, I believe that Yas Island (where the GP is held) is a separate city from the city of Abu Dhabi.

      @adityafakhr @keithcollantine @strontium @geemac @petebaldwin @jeff1s

      • Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 29th October 2013, 4:11

        that was a nice explanation @mike-dee.
        I noticed that too, UAE is federal country that consist of emirates, just like the states of USA.
        I don’t quite know, so it’s the Abu Dhabi emirate who held and fund the GP and not the federation?
        either way, they have right to name the GP that way.

        it just tickles me wondering if somewhat Austin would be Texas GP, or Indianapolis would be Indiana GP hehe.

  14. Zoey (@f14life) said on 28th October 2013, 12:33

    Clearly records are meant to be broken..hope we are all still here to see even an younger quadruple world champion :)

  15. Stormbreak (@stormbreak) said on 28th October 2013, 12:41

    Vettel has been world champion more often than not during his 7 seasons of Formula 1.

    Vettel hasn’t been to Abu Dhabi or Brazil with an odd number of WDCs. In 2010 he had no titles, whereas in 2011 he had had already won his second title. I always find it interesting that you can win two titles within a year!

    • djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 28th October 2013, 13:00

      He isn’t the world champion until he receives his trophy in December. As has been the case every year he has won the championship. He has just reached an insurmountable lead in the championship at this point.

      • Stormbreak (@stormbreak) said on 28th October 2013, 13:06

        That’s just a pedantic technicality. He is world champion already by all means otherwise whenever someone wins a title, broadcasters, drivers and teams would have to say “Sebastian, you are the guy who is going to be world champion when you are crowned in December! How does it feel to be a world champion in a few months?”

        • David not Coulthard (@) said on 28th October 2013, 14:31

          That’s just a pedantic technicality. He is world champion already by all means otherwise whenever someone wins a title, broadcasters, drivers and teams would have to say “Sebastian, you are the guy who is going to be world champion when you are crowned in December!

          @stormbreak Well, thereis the remote chance that seb will gfet DQ’d from the championship. As his fan, though, I don’t want to see that happening.

      • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 28th October 2013, 13:53

        @djdaveyp87 Let’s imagine that he is only the world champion the day of the ceremony. Even though, @stormbreak will be happy with this information (to confirm what @stormbreak said:
        FIA Gala 2011 was on December 14th, 2011
        FIA Gala 2012 was on December 11th, 2012

        So Vettel got 2 championships WITHIN a year (Yeeeeees, that’s what I’m talking about!!!)

    • TMF (@tmf42) said on 28th October 2013, 15:00

      He is also the only WDC on the grid who never finished behind a team-mate in the championship – even though he joined TR mid-season in 2007.

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