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.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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

  1. Julien (@jlracing) said on 28th October 2013, 13:00

    Well maybe not in the spotlights but some drivers are on their way to breaking a record.

    Adrian Sutil can break the record for most races without a podium next year (if he still drives in formula 1)
    Sutil has 106 races under his belt with a best finish of 4th
    Record holder is Pierluigi Martini with 118 grand prix without a podium, 4th is also his best finish
    If Sutil is able to score a podium in the future he is by far the record holder for races before first podium
    Martin Brundle holds that record with 91 races before his first podium.

    Also Charles Pic is on his way to a record in formula 1. The record of most races without scoring a point
    Luca Badoer holds this record with 51 races without a point. Although with the modern point system he would have scored 26 points.
    Pic has driven 36 races without scoring a point. If he drives with Caterham in formula 1 next year, wich is pretty certain. He has a good chance of breaking the record.
    And if he does score points than he can also break a record. The record of most races before the first points. That record is currently held by Nicola Larini with 44 races before he scored his first points.

  2. magon4 (@magon4) said on 28th October 2013, 14:47

    First German 1-2 in history was 1997 San Marino was Frentzen – Schumacher
    Here are the others since then:
    2) 1997 Magny-Cours MSC & HHF
    3) 1997 Suzuka MSC & HHF
    4) 1999 Monza HHF & RSC
    5) 2001 Montreal RSC & MSC
    6) 2001 Magny-Cours MSC & RSC
    7) 2002 Interlagos MSC & RSC
    8) 2003 Montreal MSC & RSC
    9) 2004 Suzuka MSC & RSC
    10) 2013 Monaco ROS & VET
    11) 2013 India VET & ROS

    SO 11 1-2s for Germany. Don’t know about the other countries.

    • eljueta said on 28th October 2013, 15:32

      MSC & RSC also probably have and will keep having the record for most 1-2s by brothers on F1. Were there any other successful siblings in F1?

      • RAMBOII said on 28th October 2013, 17:47

        No, the Schumacher-brothers were the only one to have gotten a one – two in F1. It was said multiple times when they first achieved it.

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 28th October 2013, 14:55

    So this mans leads Mercedes in the WCC.

    1. Infiniti Redbull Racing
    2. S. Vettel
    3. Mercedes
    4. Ferrari
    5. Lotus

    He just breaks every record, even this:

    Shortest time elapsed before earning a penalty: 6 seconds;
    Sebastian Vettel (2006 Turkish Grand Prix; recorded speeding in pit lane six seconds into his career as a Formula One driver) – Wikipedia

  4. yeang (@yeang) said on 28th October 2013, 15:05

    vettel is the first world champion since 2002 to be win the title by winning a race!

    2012 brazil – vettel won championship by finishing 6th
    2011 japan – vettel won championship by finishing 3rd
    2010 abu dhabi – vettel won championship at the point when rosberg finished 4th
    2009 brazil – button won championship at the point when vettel finished 4th
    2008 brazil – hamilton won championship by finishing 5th
    2007 brazil – raikkonen won championship at the point when kubica finished 5th
    2006 brazil – alonso won championship at the point when massa won the race
    2005 brazil – alonso won championship by finishing 3rd
    2004 belgium – schumacher won championship by finishing 2nd
    2003 japan – schumacher won championship at the point when barrichello won the race
    2002 france – schumacher won championship by winning the race

    • Two corrections:
      2002 title was clinched with Räikkönen’s second place. If Montoya had been second, the title race would have stayed very theoretically alive, 59-point gap with 60 points available.

      2007 title was clinched with Massa 2nd, as Hamilton was a lap down. Had everyone from 2nd to 6th retired on the final lap, they would have still been ahead of Hamilton.

      • yeang said on 28th October 2013, 23:37

        i stand corrected! thanks for pointing that out.

        that means the last instance where the champion won the title by winning the race was schumacher at hungary 2001. incidentally, that was schumacher’s 4th title too!

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th October 2013, 0:01

        Also, had Massa retired from 2nd in that race, Alonso would have got the extra 2 points to win the championship.

    • hendra said on 28th October 2013, 16:45

      2007 – Kimi won GP Brazil

    • Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 28th October 2013, 17:53

      Nice one – very shocking stat

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 28th October 2013, 20:07

      Vettel won the 2010 Abu Dhabi race though

      • SpadXIII said on 28th October 2013, 21:41

        That was not enough. The point is that until the first 4 places were taken -and Alonso was not in any of them- Vettel had not secured the championship.

      • Stormbreak (@stormbreak) said on 28th October 2013, 21:49

        He meant that when Vettel crossed the line, there was still a chance that Alonso could get the position he needed (Everyone in front of him could have had an engine failure at the last corner). He needed to be at least 4th with Vettel winning to be come WDC.

        Hence when Rosberg came in 4th, Alonso had no chance of being world champion.

  5. 2 interesting things to note: 1. Webber has technical troubles in the Red Bull yet again. 2. Despite an early pit stop, Vettel and that Red Bull manages to make those tires last longer than any other team while still pounding out fast laps comparatively. How is that possible? Is that Red Bull so good and the other cars just so far behind? Webber was doing much the same before his car failure and was in an easy 2nd position. The other teams and drivers must be pulling their hair out trying to understand how and why that Red Bull chassis continues to be so dominant.

  6. Julien (@jlracing) said on 28th October 2013, 18:04

    Maybe not a stat, but if I remember it right Vettel is the 8th driver to perform a donut a the end of a formula 1 race. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more

    Raikkonen 2007 Spa
    Hamilton 2009 Silverstone
    Webber 2009 Abu Dhabi
    Hamilton 2011 Silverstone
    Vettel 2011 Suzuka
    Massa 2011 Interlagos
    Hamilton 2012 Silverstone
    Vettel 2013 India

  7. Minardi (@gitanes) said on 28th October 2013, 18:26

    Vettel’s win records during his Red Bull career at the two Asian legs of the championship:

    Spring (Sepang/Shanghai): 4 for 10

    Fall (Singapore, Suzuka, India, Korea): 13 for 16 (!)

  8. devotee said on 28th October 2013, 19:30

    Has any other driver won a race after having pited in lap 2?

  9. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 28th October 2013, 22:40

    Still no podium for Hamilton in India – the only such circuit on which he has raced.

    First time somebody other than Vettel has led in India.

    Last driver to manage 3 consecutive 3rd place finishes – Hamilton at the start of 2012.

    Last time that the same 2 drivers managed 1st and 3rd in 3 consecutive races – M Schumacher and Barrichello in 2003 (Raikkonen was 2nd twice, Alonso once).

    Last time that the same 2 drivers managed 1st and 3rd in 3 consecutive races with 3 different drivers finishing 2nd – Jones and Laffite in 1979 (Regazzoni, Villeneuve and Scheckter finished 2nd).

    Last race-winner to be running as low as 17th at one point – Button in Canada 2011 (was running 21st). Last time in a dry race – Alonso in Singapore 2008 (was running 20th). Last time in a dry race with no safety cars – Watson in USA West 1983 (started 22nd with team-mate Lauda going from 23rd to 2nd).

    3rd race in a row that Hulkenberg has qualified 7th – although this time it was not so lucky.

    First time this season that Massa has beaten Alonso in a race where both finished.

    Only the second time this season that a team has seen neither of its cars classified – the first being Force India in Malaysia.

    Only the second time this season (after Monaco) that somebody other than Alonso, Raikkonen or Webber finished 2nd.

    di Resta is the first driver to finish 8th 3 times this year. 7th is now the only points position in which no-one has finished more than twice this year.

    Massa and di Resta (currently tied on 102 points) would also be tied (on 38 points) under the previous scoring system.

    And some from

    First time that a non-Red Bull driver has started on the front row in India.

    Vettel’s 35th win with Red Bull – same number as Senna with McLaren.
    10th win in October for Vettel.

    Vettel’s 6th win in Asia in 2013 – he only managed 5 in 2011 and 2012.

    Last time Massa finished ahead of Alonso on merit – China 2011.

    Over half the laps that Massa has led since the start of 2012 were in this race (6/11).

    First time since the start of 2011 that Alonso has gone 3 races without a podium.

  10. JD (@lloid) said on 28th October 2013, 23:39

    Vettel is growing on me, he’s a good guy, just every loves an underdog more than a favorite.
    I’d like to thank CNN for giving away the race winner, but more importantly for declaring Seb the “20 year old” winner of the NASCAR Truck Series race on Saturday in Virginia. Check out the crawl in the video clip.
    Vettel is fast, but I don’t think he could make it from DC to Dehli in time to win both races.

  11. Since Abu dhabi 2009 that Alonso did not finish a race without completing a single lap in the top 9.

  12. MrBoerns (@mrboerns) said on 29th October 2013, 19:09

    Not sure if already noted, but except for a 4-year streak from 2005 to 2008 ALL WDCs since Ayrton Senna’s last title in 1991 have been won by teams employing either Ross Brawn or Adrian Newey.

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