USA Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVNovember 17, 2013

USA Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review

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    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

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    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

    1Sebastian Vettel 56


     1 25
    Romain Grosjean56 +6.2 secs 18 
    Mark Webber 56 +8.3 secs 15 
    Lewis Hamilton 56 +27.3 secs 12 
    Fernando Alonso 56 +29.5 secs 10 
    Nico Hulkenberg 56 +30.4 secs 
    Sergio Perez 56 +46.6 secs 
    Valtteri Bottas 56 +54.5 secs 
    9Nico Rosberg56+59.1 secs122
    10 Jenson Button 56 +77.2 secs 15 
    11Daniel Ricciardo56+81.0 secs10-
    12Jean-Eric Vergne56+84.5 secs14-
    13Felipe Massa56+86.9 secs13-
    14Esteban Gutierrez56+91.7 secs20-
    15Heikki Kovalainen56+95.0 secs8-
    16Paul di Resta56+96.8 secs11-
    17Pastor Maldonado55+1 Lap17-
    18Jules Bianchi55+1 Lap19-
    19Giedo van der Garde55+1 Lap18-
    20Charles Pic55+1 Lap22-
    21Max Chilton54+2 Lap21-
    RetAdrian Sutil-DNF16-

Updated Driver Standings

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    Check out the new driver standings after Vettel increased his lead, per

    1Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull Racing-Renault372
    2Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari227
    3Lewis HamiltonBritishMercedes187
    4Kimi RaikkonenFinnishLotus-Renault183
    5Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull Racing-Renault181
    6Nico RosbergGermanMercedes161
    7Romain GrosjeanFrenchLotus-Renault132
    8Felipe MassaBrazilianFerrari106
    9Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes61
    10Paul di RestaBritishForce India-Mercedes48
    11Nico HulkenbergGermanSauber-Ferrari47
    12Sergio PerezMexicanMcLaren-Mercedes41
    13Adrian SutilGermanForce India-Mercedes29
    14Daniel RicciardoAustralianSTR-Ferrari19
    15Jean-Eric VergneFrenchSTR-Ferrari13
    16Esteban GutierrezMexicanSauber-Ferrari6
    17Valtteri BottasFinnishWilliams-Renault4
    18Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanWilliams-Renault1
    19Jules BianchiFrenchMarussia-Cosworth0
    20Charles PicFrenchCaterham-Renault0
    21Giedo van der GardeDutchCaterham-Renault0
    22Max ChiltonBritishMarussia-Cosworth0
    23Heikki KovalainenFinnishLotus-Renault0

Updated Team Standings

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    Here are the latest team standings, per



    1Red Bull Racing-Renault553
    6Force India-Mercedes77

Post-Race Reaction

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    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

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    Sebastian Vettel

    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. 

    Romain Grosjean

    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. 

    Mark Webber

    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

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    Fernando Alonso

    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.    

    Adrian Sutil

    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.