USA Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review
Sebastian Vettel blasted past the field to take the 2013 USA Grand Prix and continue his historic reign over the sport of Formula 1 racing.
Fox Sports pointed out on Twitter that Sunday's win was his eighth straight victory, a feat that is one shy of the all-time record of consecutive checkerboards.
Vettel crushed his competition from start to finish, building a sizable 10-second lead around the midway point of the race and not letting go.
The win was Vettel's 12th on the season, one shy of the record of 13 in one season. But despite his many accolades, Sunday was Vettel's first Grand Prix victory in the United States.
Behind Vettel, many races were unfolding and ended up significantly shaking up the standings. Let's break it all down.
The Race Weekend, Results
The Race Weekend on Bleacher Report
Friday—Vettel wins pole
Sunday—USA Grand Prix preview
Sunday—Grand Prix live blog and highlights
Results in full, via Formula1.com
|2||Romain Grosjean||56||+6.2 secs||3||18|
|3||Mark Webber||56||+8.3 secs||2||15|
|4||Lewis Hamilton||56||+27.3 secs||5||12|
|5||Fernando Alonso||56||+29.5 secs||6||10|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||56||+30.4 secs||4||8|
|7||Sergio Perez||56||+46.6 secs||7||6|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||56||+54.5 secs||9||4|
|9||Nico Rosberg||56||+59.1 secs||12||2|
|10||Jenson Button||56||+77.2 secs||15||1|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||56||+81.0 secs||10||-|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||56||+84.5 secs||14||-|
|13||Felipe Massa||56||+86.9 secs||13||-|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez||56||+91.7 secs||20||-|
|15||Heikki Kovalainen||56||+95.0 secs||8||-|
|16||Paul di Resta||56||+96.8 secs||11||-|
|17||Pastor Maldonado||55||+1 Lap||17||-|
|18||Jules Bianchi||55||+1 Lap||19||-|
|19||Giedo van der Garde||55||+1 Lap||18||-|
|20||Charles Pic||55||+1 Lap||22||-|
|21||Max Chilton||54||+2 Lap||21||-|
Updated Driver Standings
Check out the new driver standings after Vettel increased his lead, per Formula1.com.
|1||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||372|
|5||Mark Webber||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||181|
|10||Paul di Resta||British||Force India-Mercedes||48|
|13||Adrian Sutil||German||Force India-Mercedes||29|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||Dutch||Caterham-Renault||0|
Updated Team Standings
Here are the latest team standings, per Formula1.com.
|1||Red Bull Racing-Renault||553|
You'll have to take a look at NBC Sports' highlights of the race to get the full experience of just how dominant Vettel was on the day.
Vettel won the pole to start off the weekend and used that position to pull out from the pack on the opening lap. He only got faster as the race went on, seemingly improving his time lap after lap and extending his lead to as many as 10 to 11 seconds late in the running.
On NBC's telecast of the post-race podium, Vettel was speechless, saying it was "impossible to know what to say" about his eight wins in a row.
After the win, Vettel owns a massive, 145-point lead over Fernando Alonso in the standings. Of course, Red Bull Racing has already clinched the team championship.
The spotlight didn't just stay on Vettel, however. Romain Grosjean took second in a tight race with Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for a big finish for his Lotus team.
According to Red Bull Racing's Twitter, Webber's third-place finish was his 41st podium result of his career.
Winners in Austin
The 26-year-old is dominating Formula 1 at the moment. Vettel turned one of the most hyped races of the racing season into a snoozer, leading by about 10 seconds seemingly the entire way. It would've taken a colossal mishap for Vettel to give up his lead, and that simply wasn't in the cards.
The French native had to hold off a hungry Mark Webber throughout the final stretches of the race for second place. Despite the pressure, he turned a fraction of a lead into nearly a two-second lead right before the finish.
Despite coming up short for second place, Webber finished third to notch his best result at the USA Grand Prix. He's said adamantly that this year will be the last of an up-and-down career, per the Daily Mail's Malcolm Folley, but there's no doubt that this result will give him fond memories to look back on after it's all said and done.
Losers in Austin
Vettel's dominance from start to finish meant the tightest races were between second and third, and fourth and fifth. Alonso—second place in the standings—was in the latter of those races and lost, finishing in the No. 5 spot.
Despite the poor result, Alonso maintains second in the standings.
Paul di Resta
Force India's hopes rested mainly on its best driver this year, di Resta. He stayed in contention for much of the race but ran into issues late and sputtered to a 16th-place finish. He finished nearly 100 seconds behind the champion Vettel.
It was a day to forget for Force India. Long before di Resta's issues, Adrian Sutil crashed on the opening lap of the race and wasn't able to return. He was the only driver to fail to finish, and that wasn't exactly a preferable result for the 13th-place Sutil.