Vettel eyes Ascari's 60-year-old record

He may have become a quadruple champion but there’s another record for Sebastian Vettel to go after.
Race winner and 2013 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium following the Indian Formula O
Vettel's India win was his sixth in a row © Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool
By Tom Bellingham

As Sebastian Vettel crossed to win the Indian Grand Prix, he joined Juan-Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher as four-time winners of the Formula One World Championship.

His victory was also his sixth in a row, however, something that only three other drivers have achieved in the history of the sport. takes a look at another exclusive club Vettel joined in India.

Jim Clark in 1965 for Lotus
Clark dominated the 1965 F1 season © DPPI

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 celebrates winning the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2004.
Schumacher's Hungary win was his 12th from 13 © Ferrari

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 wins at Spa Belgium 1952 for Ferrari
Ascari's win at Spa in 1952 was the first of nine © DPPI

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.

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