The German takes ninth consecutive win as Mark Webber finishes second in final grand prix.
It was a Red Bull Racing one-two in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel claiming his ninth consecutive win at the Formula One season finale as teammate Mark Webber ended his Formula One career in style with second place.
With so much that went on at the final race of 2013, here are some of the talking points from the race at Interlagos:
Vettel ties Alberto Ascari record
Vettel’s ninth win in a row equals Alberto Ascari’s record for consecutive victories. The four-time champion has won every race since the Belgian Grand Prix back in August, and celebrated with the now-obligatory donuts. Vettel also equals Michael Schumacher’s record for the most number of wins in one season, 13.
Webber bows out of F1
Mark Webber brought down the curtain on his Formula One career by claiming second in Brazil, clicking off the fastest lap of the race for good measure. Webber removed his helmet for his slow-down lap to wave to the crowd. “Fantastic career, it’s been brilliant working with you,” Webber was told by team principal Christian Horner. Even a slip on the podium while spraying the champagne couldn’t dampen the Aussie’s spirits.
Button has best result
Jenson Button capped off a horrible year with the McLaren MP4-28 by claiming his best result of the season, taking fourth behind the Red Bull Racing cars of Vettel and Webber and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso after starting 14th on the grid.
Massa’s final race for Ferrari
It wasn’t quite the Ferrari finale that Felipe Massa was hoping for. In front of his home crowd, he was handed a drive-through penalty for crossing the pit-lane entry line while fighting with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, shouting “unbelieveable” into his radio when told by engineer Rob Smedley of the penalty. Massa eventually finished the race down in seventh, ahead of his switch to the Williams team for 2014. “He has been an amazing teammate,” Fernando Alonso announced to the Brazilian crowd on the podium.
Ricciardo says goodbye to Toro Rosso
Looking to end his Toro Rosso career on a high note, ahead of his move to Red Bull Racing to take Webber’s seat for 2014, Daniel Ricciardo did himself proud by taking the final points-paying position in Brazil, coming home in 10th.
Marussia claims tenth in Constructors’ championship
Marussia pipped Caterham to tenth place in the Constructors’ championship thanks to Jules Bianchi’s 13th place back in Malaysia. Finishing one place in front of Caterham guarantees Marussia a significant financial reward that should help the team in 2014.
The end of the naturally-aspirated V8 era
And finally, the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix was the final outing for the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine after 147 races, with next year seeing the advent of the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 units. Romain Grosjean’s Renault V8 decided to celebrate on lap three by blowing up in spectacular fashion.