Vettel makes history with eighth successive victory at US GP

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel secured his record breaking eighth successive victory after strolling to the win at the United States Grand Prix.

Vettel led from start to finish to beat Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber, claiming his 12th victory of the season.

Grosjean got ahead of Webber at the start and was able to defend against the Australian for the rest of the race, equalling the best result of his Formula 1 career.

Lewis Hamilton jumped up to third place at the start but was quickly usurped by Webber but managed to come home in fourth place.

Fernando Alonso dropped a place at the start but made ground in the pit stop and overtook Nico Hulkenberg mid-race, before setting off after Hamilton. Alonso's tyres soon faded and he narrowly held off Nico Hulkenberg for fifth place on the final lap.

Sergio Perez claimed seventh place, while Valtteri Bottas scored his maiden Formula 1 points with eighth. Bottas made up a place at the start and hounded Alonso, before slipping back. The highlight of his race was a pass around the outside of Esteban Gutierrez at turn two.

Nico Rosberg finished ninth, with Jenson Button in tenth. The Brit damaged his front wing at the start but fought back to claim the final point with just a couple of laps remaining.

Daniel Ricciardo narrowly missed out on the final points and finished in 11th, ahead of Felipe Massa and Gutierrez.

Lotus substitute Heikki Kovalainen was 14th after changing his front wing and encountering KERS problems, while Paul di Resta, Jean-Eric Vergne and Pastor Maldonado also failed to score points.

Vergne had finished the race in 12th place but was given a 20 second penalty for colliding with Gutierrez on the final lap, which dropped the French racer to 16th.

Jules Bianchi overtook Giedo van der Garde at the start and held off his Caterham rival at the finish, while Charles Pic dropped back after being given a drive through penalty for ignoring blue flags. Max Chilton rounded out the finishers.

Adrian Sutil was the only retirement courtesy of opening lap contact with Maldonado.

The German's Force India was turned around in front of the Williams and hit the barriers on the back straight, necessitating the deployment of the safety car.

Maldonado was given the black and orange flag after a few laps due to the damage to his front wing and he duly pitted.


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