Vettel breaks 60-year-old record with eighth win

2013 United States Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Sebastian Vettel became the first driver in Formula One history to win eight consecutive rounds of the world championship with victory in the United States Grand Prix.

He broke a record which has stood for 60 years, when Alberto Ascari took his seventh win in a row driving a Ferrari 500 in the Argentinian Grand Prix. His winning streak had begun the previous year.

Nine years ago Michael Schumacher took seven wins in a row at the wheel of another Ferrari, the F2004.

But Vettel and his Red Bull RB9 now hold the record for most wins in consecutive races:

Rank Driver Wins Sequence began Sequence ended
1 Sebastian Vettel 8 2013 Belgian Grand Prix ?
=2 Alberto Ascari 7 1952 Belgian Grand Prix 1953 Argentinian Grand Prix
=2 Michael Schumacher 7 2004 European Grand Prix 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix
4 Michael Schumacher 6 2000 Italian Grand Prix 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix
=5 Jack Brabham 5 1960 Dutch Grand Prix 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix
=5 Jim Clark 5 1965 Belgian Grand Prix 1965 German Grand Prix
=5 Nigel Mansell 5 1992 South African Grand Prix 1992 San Marino Grand Prix
=5 Michael Schumacher 5 2004 Australian Grand Prix 2004 Spanish Grand Prix

Alberto Ascari, Ferrari, 1952Ascari went on to extend his winning streak to nine races in a row after missing the 1953 Indianapolis 500, which counted towards the world championship. Note also that all the other races in the 1952 and 1953 world championships were run to Formula Two regulations instead of Formula One.

Victory for Vettel in the final race of the year would not only tie Ascari’s record of nine wins in consecutive races entered by a driver, it would also tie Schumacher’s record of winning 13 races in a season. Schumacher won 13 out of 18 rounds in 2004, Vettel has one extra race in which to achieve that feat.

Red Bull are also gaining on McLaren’s record for most wins in consecutive races. They went undefeated for 11 races in a row in 1988 while Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost cleaned up in the devastating MP4-4.

Vettel recorded his 38th win (he’s now three behind Senna in terms of total victories), 44th pole position (needing 21 more to catch Senna) and 22nd fastest lap – the latter moving him one ahead of Fernando Alonso and among the top ten drivers who set the most.

This was Vettel’s eighth hat-trick of win, pole and fastest lap, which means he now has as many as Prost. Ahead of him lie Juan Manuel Fangio, with nine, Jim Clark on 11 and Schumacher’s distant tally of 22.

Finally, his first win in America means the Hungarian Grand Prix is the only remaining race he is yet to win.

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There were mixed fortunes for the two Finnish drivers in the race. Heikki Kovalainen failed to score on his return to F1 for Lotus and so increases his already record string of point-less races to 61.

However Valtteri Bottas claimed the first points of his F1 career with eighth place. He is the 323rd driver to score in the world championship.

Romain Grosjean scored his sixth podium finish of the year meaning he now has more than Lewis Hamilton. Curiously, both Lotus drivers have more podium finishes this year than both Mercedes drivers, yet Lotus trail Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.

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101 comments on Vettel breaks 60-year-old record with eighth win

  1. Julien (@jlracing) said on 18th November 2013, 19:03

    This is what I noticed:
    – For the second year in a row, Lotus is the only team to have a driver change during the season.
    And when D’ambrosio replaced Grosjean last year he also finished outside of the points, and had a KERS problem just like Kovalainen in Austin.
    – 2013 will not be the worst year ever for Williams. They have now scored 5 points, just like in 2011, but this year they have a best finish of 8th, compared to a best finish of 9th in 2011.
    – In 5 races time. Grosjeans prodium per race percentage is risen from 12% after Singapore this year, to 20% after Austin. This means he has overtaken Massa, Webber and Button in terms of % podium per race.
    – In the last 7 races, Sauber have scored 650% more points than in the first 11 races of the year (7 compared to 46)

  2. Ian (@f1ian) said on 18th November 2013, 20:18

    Is Kovalainen the first driver to race for 2 different teams who have had the same name?

  3. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 18th November 2013, 23:36

    Webber has scored more points so far this year than he managed in the whole of last year, despite last season having 20 races and Webber managing 2 wins.

    Button’s worst start of the season, and Perez’s joint best.

    Force India now top retirements (i.e. failures to reach the chequered flag) table for 2013, 1 ahead of Toro Rosso.

    Second race in a row where the only retirement was a lap 1 crash for a driver who was involved in the crash immediately after the final safety car period in Monaco 2008.

    And some more from magnetimarelli.com:

    Vettel is the only driver to manage 2 separate sequences of 10+ podiums.
    First time since Japan 2010 that the front 3 on the grid were all Renault-powered.
    Alonso is yet to manage a top 2 finish in Austin – only other such track is Austria (where he had 2 DNFs from 2 starts).
    Leo Kinnunen is (again!) the only Finnish driver ever to start a race and never score a point.

  4. Kevin (@illustrious) said on 19th November 2013, 0:27

    Thought I’d add my 2 cents here.

    If nothing crazy happens, or if it doesn’t rain, in Brazil, it’ll be the first time since 1992 that the podium positions are taken by the top 4 constructors.

    Considering the number of races we have, it just goes to show how reliable these cars have become, and probably how there’s been no rain-affected races.

  5. Jono (@me262) said on 19th November 2013, 2:55

    tommorow’s headline : vettel not getting bored of making history

  6. pluisje (@pluisje) said on 19th November 2013, 7:20

    According to Red Bull Mark Webber made a sub-2second pitstop, being stationary for only 1.923 seconds. I believe that’s a first?

  7. If Vettel wins next race he would also beat his own points record in a season (2011, with the same number of races) and win the constructors all by himself, regardless of what Rosberg and Hamilton do.

  8. Erivaldo said on 19th November 2013, 14:12

    If Webber does not win in Brazil, will be the first time the partner Champion finishes the year without a single victory since Barrchello 2001.

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