And Sebastian Makes It Four – Victory In India

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest quadruple World Champion ever today by winning the Indian Grand Prix for the third year on the trot. His team-mate didn’t share his joy as RBR also clinched their fourth Constructors Championship, with Webber dropping from the race with an alternator failure. Alonso, the only man who could postpone Vettel’s Championship glory, sustained damage at the start and later got caught in traffic to finish out of the points in eleventh, while Grosjean battled from seventeenth to third.

The parade lap came and went and the grid took shape as the five lights lit up above the twenty-two assembled drivers. Lights out and they jumped forward, Vettel keeping his lead into turn one with the Mercedes duo fending off Felipe Massa. Mark Webber clobbered the curbs and tapped Kimi slightly before correcting himself and then nicking Fernando Alonso’s front wing. Further down the grid, Max Chilton had an ambitious start and hit Van der Garde at the first corner, prompting the Dutchman to pull over and become the first retirement of the race.

Alonso slowly fell back the grid whilst suffering from the damage and pitted on the second lap, taking a new nose cone and a fresh set of boots. Vettel, surprisingly, followed him into the pits on Lap 3 to swap his softer compound for the medium compounds to begin his chase after Mark Webber who started the race on the more durable tyre.

Massa led the race at this point while Vettel began his charge from seventeenth. By lap 10, Webber held the lead and the fastest lap while Vettel was quickly gaining ground on the other RB9. With the aid of DRS, he breezed past the bulk of the grid before overtaking Sergio Perez and slipping into second place where he slowed down, safe in the knowledge that Webber, ten seconds ahead, would have to pit sooner or later and allow him back into the lead.

Gutierrez served a drive-through penalty for a jump-start while Pic made a second pit stop for a second puncture, having suffered the first puncture on the first lap. The Frenchman now running dead last would later be the second man to retire from the race with an underlying ‘serious issue’ on the Caterham.

Alonso was preoccupied with pushing past Gutierrez whilst Massa was fending off Nico Rosberg. Webber pitted and Vettel took the lead, although it wasn’t too long before he himself entered the pits to change compounds. And Webber followed him in, only the bones of ten laps after swapping to the softer compounds, to fit the medium tyre and begin his final stint.

Vettel and Webber now held a 1-2, a position that would easily guarantee them their fourth constructors championship, but before long Webber’s car was once again giving up and he was told to shut the engine off, suffering from an alternator issue. If he had no luck, he would have no luck at all.

Stewards launched an investigation over Grosjean and Gutierrez making one than one maneuver, but this amounted to nothing, as did an investigation over Hulkenberg and Bottas exceeding track limits. Although Hulkenberg survived the investigation, he didn’t survive a mechanical issue on the Sauber which saw him crawl in to retire with just four laps remaining.

Raikkonen, Hamilton and Perez had a great scrap towards the end of the race for fifth place, but up front Sebastian remained unchallenged finishing thirty seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg as he crossed the line to claim his fourth consecutive World Championship and clinch the Constructors Championship for the team, again for the fourth time.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Romain Grosjean
  4. Felipe Massa
  5. Sergio Perez
  6. Lewis Hamilton
  7. Kimi Raikkonen
  8. Paul di Resta
  9. Adrian Sutil
  10. Daniel Ricciardo
  11. Fernando Alonso
  12. Pastor Maldonado
  13. Jean-Eric Vergne
  14. Jenson Button
  15. Esteban Gutierrez
  16. Valtteri Bottas
  17. Max Chilton
  18. Jules Bianchi
  • Nico Hulkenberg
  • Mark Webber
  • Charles Pic
  • Giedo van der Garde

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