Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

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

2013 Indian Grand Prix stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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. 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

    1. Sorry Vettel did the 9th donut at the end of an F1 race. Just saw a video with Jenson Button making donuts after the 2009 grand prix of Abu Dhabi.

      1. There was one guy that tried to do donuts during the race! Here is the video:


        1. Haha very good one! He should be very embarrased

        2. I need to correct myself: it was during Thursday practice, not during the race. It was also the 7th and last weekend for Schiattarella to drive in F1.


  2. 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 (!)

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

    1. Alonso:Europe 2007

    2. DC at Melbourne 2003.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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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