By The Numbers: Vettel's Record Year in F1

We crunch the numbers on Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary 2013 Formula One season.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel has had one incredible year © Red Bull Content Pool
By Tom Bellingham


Sebastian Vettel's win at the Brazilian Grand Prix meant he matched his hero Michael Schumacher in winning 13 races in a single Formula One season.


When Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix he joined Schumacher, Alain Prost and Juan Manuel Fangio as a four-time World Champion and the youngest ever.


Vettel just had one retirement in 2013 when his gearbox failure while leading the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his fourth World Championship in India
Vettel celebrated in style at the Indian GP © Red Bull Content Pool


2013 was without doubt the year of the doughnuts. After his spectacular victory celebrations at the Indian Grand Prix, Vettel burned some rubber at the final four races of the season.


Vettel finished just three points shy of 400 points this season. 397 though was the most points scored by a driver in a Formula One season and was more than second-placed Mercedes finished on in the Constructors’ Championship.


The incredible run between the Belgian and Brazilian Grand Prix meant Vettel matched Alberto Ascari’s 60-year-old record of nine consecutive victories. It also beat Michael Schumacher’s record of most consecutive wins in a single season.

Sebastian Vettel celebrated his ninth consecutive race victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix
Vettel's ninth consecutive win came at Interlagos © Paul Gilham/Getty Images


Vettel scored nine pole positions this year and converted all but one of them (the Australian Grand Prix) into a victory.


When Formula One returns after the winter break, Vettel will start the 2014 Australian Grand Prix having been unbeaten in a race for a massive 231 days.

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