2013 United States Grand Prix: Vettel Wins 8 In A Row

‘It was inevitable’, was my first thought when Sebastian Vettel claimed the chequered flag at the 2013 United States Grand Prix, his either consecutive race win for the 2013 Formula1 Season. The ‘Baby Schumi’ beating Michael Schumacher’s record of seven consecutive wins in 2004. I wonder if his win in the United States of America, a country where he also drove his debut Formula1 race (2007) in, will help boost the sales of Apple’s iPhone5S-ebastian! And of course, Vettel is inching closer to winning his first Constructors’ Championship as well. (Read: No Schumacher, Only Vettel)

Romain Grosjean, who we fondly refer to as ‘Crash’jean on the Inside Line F1 Podcast, managed to beat the other Red Bull Racing car of Webber to P2. He also has the distinction of being the second highest points scorer in the last five GPs but is surprisingly only 7th in the Drivers’ Championship. Webber, who had yet another poor start, finished in P3, followed by Hamilton, Alonso and Hulkenberg. And Webber’s pit-stop was clocked at 2.3 seconds, probably the fastest of the season!

Sebastian Vettel Wins The 2013 United States GP (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)

Experience played a key part towards the end as most teams and drivers tried their best to make their one-stop strategy work; Alonso and Button provided some late race excitement in an otherwise boring race, which also saw Lord Vitthal (aka Sebastian Vettel) offer donuts as prasadam to fans for the third time in succession. His post-race radio message to the team reflected his state of mind to be Zen like! And he’s only in his mid-20s!

And on radio messages, it seems that Lewis Hamilton has taken over the mantle from Kimi Raikkonen to deliver funny (but stern) radio messages to his team!

Also, congratulations to Valtteri Bottas for scoring his first ever Formula1 championship point! After the Money-aldo bashing, some much needed encouragement for the WilliamsF1 team.

Formula1 Race Results:

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Romain Grosjean
  3. Mark Webber
  4. Lewis Hamilton
  5. Fernando Alonso
  6. Nico Hulkenberg
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Valtteri Bottas
  9. Nico Rosberg
  10. Jenson Button
  11. Daniel Ricciardo
  12. Jean Eric Vergne
  13. Felipe Massa
  14. Esteban Guttierez
  15. Heikki Kovalainen
  16. Paul Di Resta
  17. Pastor Maldonado
  18. Jules Bianchi
  19. Giedo Van Der Garde
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Max Chilton

Did Not Finish:

  • Adrian Sutil

It was only after I typed the full race result did I realise that Jules Bianchi not only beat the Caterhams, but also finished nearly a minute ahead of Chilton. It’s a shame that he couldn’t manage a more competitive team than Marussia for the 2014 Formula1 Season.

Up on Tuesday should be the post-Austin episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. For those who missed Nico Rosberg’s debut on our Formula1 Podcast, can catch it here: ‘Nico Rosberg Debuts On The Inside Line F1 Podcast‘.

And while Kimi Raikkonen is nursing his bad back before he resumes action as a Ferrari driver, here’s a pull-out from my archives on Ferrari, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, 2014 And Beyond.

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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