In the 2013 Formula One season, Vettel scored a win at the Indian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel, of the Red Bull Racing Team raced his way into his 10th Grand Prix victory. To add to the feat, Vettel was also named the Formula One world champion, which secured his fourth consecutive crown for Red Bull. The German hotshot is now ranked highly among the exclusive league of drivers, in that of Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, and Juan Manuel Fangio who have all earned 4 or more titles. Vettel and his Red Bull Racing team stylishly dominated most of the 2013 season with 10 Grand Prix victories and 18 podium finishes that wrapped up both the Driver’s and Constructor’s chequered trophies.
The Formula One Indian Grand Prix jump starts with the Red Bull racer qualifying to secure his pole position, one day before the big dance. Deemed to be the 2013 Formula One Indian GP world champion, he would simply need to finish fifth or higher, regardless of performances from any rival driver on the grid, to secure the title. Despite the smoggy weather conditions and dusty pollution from the nearby New Delhi, smothering the tracks, the German contender managed a qualifying time of 1:24.119 to gain intensity and position. Vettel leads the Driver’s Championship with an astounding 297 points, giving him the upward mobility going into the potentially title race.
Renault supplied the engine for each of Vettel’s Red Bull wins, which augmented the V-8 engine era. As a matter-of-fact, the Formula One French team was crowned the first ever world championship title under the 2006 V-8 engine regulations. Interestingly enough, Vettel and the Red Bull Racing team wins this one on a high, historical note.
From pole, Vettel blasted into lead and dominated the Indian Grand Prix. As early as the 2nd lap, he pitted to switch his soft Pirellis for the mediums. Although the pitting dropped him down to 17th place, the Red Bull continued to grind, quickly climbing back through the field. Racing rivals were sustained in battle and fighting for lead until they go in for a pit stop on the 8th, whereuponMark Webber, Vettel’s teammate was riding shotgun and strategically skidded into lead. Fans witnessed the exciting camaraderie between the two Red Bull pilots as they traded laps, until Webber’s sudden demise. Webber stopped on the 28th lap for a brief stint on the softs. An even worse scenario for Webber occurred on lap 39 where he suffered an alternator problem, which hampered the rest of his race, retiring him from second place.
Sebastian Vettel inevitably crossed the chequered flag just a half a minute ahead of the second place contender, Rosberg. Ten seconds later, Grosjean skidded across the flag in third place. Massa and Perez rounded out the fourth and fifth-place players. On this thrilling day for the Red Bull team, despite the demise of Webber, they secured their fourth Constructor’s title. The sizzling doughnut celebrations following the flag may have solicited reprimands, yet it was the perfect ending to the perfect day. To wrap it up, Vettel made history by scoring his tenth Formula One GP victory and his fourth world championship title.