Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel has taken his fourth Formula One World Drivers Title, becoming the youngest ever quadruple world champion in the sport’s history.
Vettel joined F1 greats such as Alain Prost and Juan Manuel Fangio on a four-haul, matching the latter’s record of four consecutive world titles.
It was a typical display of Red Bull domination at the Indian Grand Prix, with Vettel qualifying on pole by a margin of seven tenths of a second from Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg’s teammate was third, while the second Red Bull driver, Mark Webber, was fourth.
Vettel’s closest title rivals qualified way down the order, with Lotus driver Raikkonen in sixth and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in eighth. This meant all Vettel had to do was come home in fifth spot or higher to clinch his fourth crown – having won every F1 race ever held at the Indian track however, Vettel had other ideas.
The German got a great start from pole, leading into the first corner. From there the result was a foregone conclusion as Vettel metonymically put time into the field, pulling a 20 second lead by the end of the race.
Rosberg claimed second position, while Lotus’ Romain Grosjean took a well-earned podium in third.
Last weekend was all about Vettel and his re-writing of the record books yet again.
The German has been booed on the podium this year, with some F1 fans not taking kindly to his domination of the top step of the podium. However, after his victory in India he gave the crowd something to crow about.
Celebrating on his cool down lap, Vettel failed to enter the pits after the slower tour of the circuit as per usual. Instead, he drove up the main start-finish straight and proceeded to put his car into a series of huge ‘donuts’ (Where the car spins round in a circle) with smoke pouring off the rear tyres.
The world number one then got out of his car, punching the air in delight, before kneeling on the race track and bowing down to his car – arguably the key factor in his success since he joined Red Bull.
Despite his delight at winning his fourth world title – all consecutively – the FIA (the sport’s governing body) didn’t take too kindly to Vettel’s performance and slapped him with a massive 25,000 euro fine. About 5,000 euros per donut seems rather expensive…
But nothing could detract from the determination Vettel has shown this year.
The car may be the class of the field, but his teammate Webber uses the same machinery and he hasn’t put in the performances Vettel has managed. You can only race what you are given and who is against you – the German has done that sensationally well this year. No question.
As we approach the end of the season, luck was, well, looking up for our local team McLaren, with Mexican Sergio Perez coming home in a well-earned fifth spot ahead of third place qualifier Lewis Hamilton and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen.
It was another weekend to forget for former world champion Jenson Button, however, with the Briton finishing in 14th position in the McLaren sister car.
With just three races left the pressure will be off Vettel, meaning we could see even more stunning driving to see the season out with.