Indian F1 Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post-Race Review
Sebastian Vettel is a quadruple Formula One World Champion after winning the Indian Grand Prix.
The German finished ahead of Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean, and his 25-point haul here means he has an insurmountable lead in the overall standings.
It was another display of unnerving composure and dominance from the German driver, who joins the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher as a four-time world champion. He is just the third man in history to win four world titles in consecutive seasons.
Vettel pitted after just two laps, but scythed his way forward from the back of the field to second place a mere 11 laps later. After his teammate Mark Webber pitted from pole, the German re-took the lead. Webber retired with gearbox issues not long after, giving Vettel a 20-second lead over second-placed Raikonnen.
As he so often does, Vettel extended his advantage and ran out a comfortable victor.
The Race Weekend Results
The race weekend on Bleacher Report:
Thursday - Key Storylines in India
Friday and Saturday - Practice and Qualifying
Sunday - Live Race Blog
Updated Driver Standings
Updated driver standings from Formula1.com:
|1||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||322|
|5||Mark Webber||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||148|
|10||Paul di Resta||British||Force India-Mercedes||40|
|13||Adrian Sutil||German||Force India-Mercedes||28|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||Dutch||Caterham-Renault||0|
Updated Team Standings
Some reaction Twitter reaction following the race:
I'm probably not alone in hoping Seb's early pitstop means he's doing a 9-stopper today. #F1— Fake Charlie Whiting (@charlie_whiting) October 27, 2013
#INDGP ALO had the pace and the strategy to fight for the podium but was really unlucky.— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) October 27, 2013
Jonathan Noble of AutoSport.com reports Vettel was reprimanded for his celebration:
Sebastian Vettel was reprimanded and his Red Bull team fined 25,000 Euro for his post-race title celebrations at the Indian Grand Prix.
A statement issued by the stewards said: "The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
"Due to the special circumstances the Stewards accepted the explanation of the driver.
"The team failed to instruct the driver sufficiently to return directly to post race parc ferme."
Vettel: "I want to say a big thank you to the team and all the people who were behind us. It was not an easy season. It was a difficult one.— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) October 27, 2013
Winners in India
Sebastian Vettel - Another victory. Another world title. Vettel must be considered one of the all-time greats after his latest exploits. A class act on and off the track. Hopefully he will get the credit his talent warrants.
Sergio Perez - The Mexican drove superbly for the opening part of the race. A late rally also saw him overtake Lewis Hamilton and Raikkonen to finish in fifth place. That is his best-ever finish for McClaren.
Romain Grosjean - A superb effort from the Frenchman, who recovered from 17th position on the grid to move into third place. He drove imperiously throughout this contest and was well worthy of his podium finish. Starting to show his quality.
Losers in India
Fernando Alonso - It was the first time since July 2010 that Alonso has finished a race without scoring points. He tangled with Webber early on, and dropped down places after the start. Losing out in the world title race was inevitable, but 11th place is a disappointing showing for the Spaniard.
Mark Webber - Looked like a lock to finish second after Vettel had taken control of the race. Unfortunately, he was plagued by reliability issues again. It always seems to happen to Webber as opposed to his World Championship-winning teammate. Unfortunate once again.