The Formula 1 season came to an appropriate end on Sunday in Brazil with a Sebastian Vettel win.
Racing out of the pole position, the 26-year-old German crossed the finish line a good 10 seconds before Red Bull Racing-Renault teammate Mark Webber, giving him an astounding ninth win in a row.
Here's a look at the final standings from Interlagos, courtesy of formula1.com:
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||71||1:32:36.300|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||71||+10.4 secs|
|3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||71||+18.9 secs|
|4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+37.3 secs|
|5||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||71||+39.0 secs|
|6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+44.0 secs|
|7||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||71||+49.1 secs|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||71||+64.2 secs|
|9||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||71||+72.9 secs|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap|
Put simply, Vettel, who is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest drivers ever in the sport, is unstoppable right now. In addition to his ninth consecutive win, Sunday's victory marked his 13th of the season. According to ESPN Stats & Info, both put him in the record books:
Sebastian Vettel wins F1 season finale at Brazil. He ties the series record for consecutive wins (9) and wins in a season (13).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 24, 2013
This win, of course, also wraps up his fourth consecutive world championship, although he already had that distinction locked in several races ago. Here are the final individual driver standings, via formula1.com:
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||397|
|3||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||199|
Webber, who finished second on the day and third for the season, certainly went out on a high note. The 37-year-old Australian, who is set to leave F1 to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, put forth a tremendous race despite plenty of emotions, per NBC's F1 Twitter feed:
Webber admits that he felt very emotional stepping into the car ahead of the race today. He will be sorely missed in Formula One #F1onNBC— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) November 24, 2013
Another individual who deserves season-end recognition is Max Chilton.
The 22-year-old rookie didn't secure any points on the season, but as NBC pointed out, he made history by finishing every race:
Max Chilton becomes the first driver in the history of the sport to finish every race during his debut season #F1onNBC— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) November 24, 2013
Chilton certainly has a bright future, as does his Marussia-Cosworth team, which finished 10th in the constructors' championship and earned themselves a massive and well-deserved raise:
Marussia picks up an extra $20m by finishing 10th in the F1 Constructors' Championship #F1— F1 Grid (@F1grid) November 24, 2013
Here's a look at the final constructors' championship standings, per formula1.com:
|1||Red Bull Racing-Renault||596|
As you'll notice, Vettel could have won the team championship all by himself following his dominant season. But that didn't stop Mercedes from showing its enthusiasm for a second-place finish:
What an incredible race to end an incredible season. P2 is a huge achievement for all of us at Brackley and Brixworth #BrasilverArrows— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 24, 2013
While drivers and teams partake in deserved celebrations, fans will unfortunately have to go through an F1 break following a scintillating season.
But have no fear; 2014 is on its way:
Only 111 days, 9 hours, 45 mins, 10 secs until the lights go out for 2014 Australian GP. #F1— The F1 Times (@F1Times) November 24, 2013