Vettel rounds off season with ninth successive victory

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel signed off his 2013 championship season in style by storming to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a single Formula 1 season.

Vettel lost the lead to Nico Rosberg at the start but quickly got through on his compatriot and was never troubled as forecast rain failed to materialise.

Vettel's only danger came when Red Bull did not have his tyres ready at his second stop, slashing his lead from 12 to five seconds.

Mark Webber finished in second place in his final race in Formula 1, with Fernando Alonso in third.

Alonso climbed to second early on but was soon overhauled by Webber, although the Spaniard briefly regained the advantage following the first round of stops.

Jenson Button recorded McLaren's best finish of 2013 with fourth place, ahead of Rosberg and Sergio Perez.

Felipe Massa ran near the front early on but dropped to seventh after he was handed a drive through penalty for cutting the pit entry.

Nico Hulkenberg finished in eighth place for Sauber, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

Paul di Resta just finished outside of the points for Force India, with Esteban Gutierrez in 12th and Adrian Sutil 13th.

Heikki Kovalainen made a poor start and could only recover to 14th in the Lotus.

Jean-Eric Vergne's run of races without a point continues as he managed 15th, having collided with Pastor Maldonado at the Senna S. The Venezuelan was pitched into a spin and recovered to 16th.

At the back, Marussia sealed 10th place in the championship as neither Caterham driver could trouble the required position. Jules Bianchi came home 17th, after Giedo van der Garde was deemed to have ignored blue flags and was handed a penalty.

Romain Grosjean was an early retirement as he suffered an engine failure on the third lap of the race.

Williams's Valtteri Bottas exited the race in spectacular fashion after making contact with Hamilton into Descida de Lago, with the collision ripping the left rear wheel from the car and pitching Bottas into a spin. Hamilton was deemed to have been at fault for the contact and was handed a drive through penalty.

Charles Pic was also unable to finish the race as he pulled off with a suspected suspension failure, which pitched the Caterham driver into a spin at Ferradura.

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