He may have become a quadruple champion but there’s another record for Sebastian Vettel to go after.
His victory was also his sixth in a row, however, something that only three other drivers have achieved in the history of the sport. RedBull.com takes a look at another exclusive club Vettel joined in India.
Jim Clark – Six wins in a row (South Africa – Germany 1965)
Jim Clark’s run of six in a row came during his dominant 1965 championship campaign. The Scot won the season opener by a 30-second margin and it was a sign of things to come.
Clark didn’t compete in the next round in Monaco as Lotus chose to race in the Indy 500 (which Clark also won). But when the team returned to F1, Clark won the next five rounds, and with only the best six results counting towards the championship, Clark scored the maximum score available. His winning streak came to an end when his fuel pump failed while leading at Monza.
Michael Schumacher – Seven wins in a row (Europe – Hungary 2004)
Michael Schumacher’s seven straight victories in 2004 could well have been 13 in a row. Schumacher won the first five races, but in a chaotic Monaco Grand Prix was hit by Juan-Pablo Montoya while leading the race behind the safety car.
Schumacher bounced back and won the next seven races, his run coming to an end when he lost out in a battle for victory with Kimi Raikkonen at Spa-Francorchamps. The pain was eased though as it was the race where the German secured his seventh title.
Alberto Ascari – Nine wins in a row (Belgium 1952 – Belgium 1953)
After a dominant victory at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix – a race where he finished two minutes ahead of the field – Alberto Ascari won the remaining five races on his way to the 1952 World Championship. Ascari’s dominance of the sport didn’t end there though, as the Italian won the first three races of the 1953 season, making it an incredible nine wins in a row.
Ascari’s record is one no one thought could be replicated in the highly competitive world of modern Formula One. But if Sebastian Vettel wins the last three races this season (in Abu Dhabi, USA and Brazil), he'll match the Italian’s incredible record, and add another massive achievement to his rapidly-growing list.