2013 Indian Grand Prix

After putting his Red Bull on pole for the seventh time this season it seemed only a matter of time before he was crowned 2013 World Champion. However, he didn’t just drive for points, he sealed the deal in style with a dominant victory ahead of Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean. The victory also clinched the Constructors’ Championship in favour of Red Bull despite a DNF for Webber. Incidentally, as a sign of how dominant Vettel has been this year, his points alone would put Red Bull ahead of second-placed Mercedes at the moment…

Despite seeming so relaxed before and during the race Vettel’s emotions poured out afterwards with a small diversion away from the pit entry to the start/finish straight after his cooling-down lap. He had been instructed by his race engineer Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin to start the usual race finish procedures, but he ignored said instruction and gave the fans something to cheer by doing donuts in front of the main grandstand. He was quickly out of his car and throwing his gloves into the mass of people, much to the delight of everyone there. He left the car where it was and ran back to parc fermé and the podium ceremony. Hopefully he won’t receive too harsh a punishment for not following procedure; it would be a sad day if he did. (Soon after writing this Vettel was given a reprimand and Red Bull a 25,000 euro fine – a thankfully lenient result).

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Buddh

Country

India

Location

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.185 (Miles)

Record

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB7-Renault), 1m27.249, 131.417 mph, F1, 2011

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