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The fantastic four - Vettel's route to the 2013 title 27 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 16 March 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 16 March 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 ahead of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 16 March 2013 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Jill Jones (GBR) Red Bull Racing Head of on track electronics and race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 21 April 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 crosses the line.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 21 April 2013 Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 10 May 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 7 June 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates his win with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer, Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with his trophy on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 25 August 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013

Ten race wins, three further podiums, seven poles, 15 points finishes, one DNF and six fastest laps. Those are the stats behind Sebastian Vettel’s historic 2013 campaign to date, a campaign that has seen him become the youngest four-time champion in F1 history, aged just 26. Here’s how he ultimately beat arch rival Fernando Alonso to the title...

Round 1/19 - Australia
Qualifying - 1; Race - 3

Vettel and Red Bull dominate a rain-delayed Sunday qualifying in Melbourne, but are then soundly beaten in the race by Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, as the RB9 eats its tyres at an alarming rate.
Post-race standings: 1 Raikkonen 25; 2 Alonso 18; 3 Vettel 15

Round 2/19 - Malaysia
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Pole position and race victory prove that Red Bull still have the fastest car despite their unhappiness with the 2013-spec Pirellis. However, while Vettel’s controversial pass for the lead on Mark Webber - after having been told to hold station - nets him 25 points and the championship lead, rarely have television viewers witnessed such tension between a driver, his team mate and team management en route to the podium.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 40; 2 Raikkonen 31; 3 Webber 26

Round 3/19 - China
Qualifying - 9; Race - 4

A miserable weekend for the reigning champion in which his RB9 lacks sheer performance and his race is compromised by poor tyre strategy in qualifying. As Alonso and Ferrari dominate, Vettel comes home a recovering fourth, missing out on a podium slot by just two-tenths of a second to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 52; 2 Raikkonen 49; 3 Alonso 43

Round 4/19 - Bahrain
Qualifying - 2; Race - 1

In stark contrast to Shanghai, Vettel has so much pace that nobody gets anywhere near him, thanks partly to the excellence of his RB9, and partly some excellent tyre strategy choices. Once he deals with Alonso on the opening lap and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg two laps later, he owns the place and extends his title lead over Raikkonen to double figures.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 77; 2 Raikkonen 67; 3 Hamilton 50

Round 5/19 - Spain
Qualifying - 3; Race - 4

As the season moves to Europe, there is another shift in form. Red Bull just lack pace and Vettel cannot stay with the Ferraris or Raikkonen’s Lotus. The only small consolation is Red Bull’s belief that it’s the tyres rather than any intrinsic lack of speed in the RB9 that is the limiting factor in their performance.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 89; 2 Raikkonen 85; 3 Alonso 72

Round 6/19 - Monaco
Qualifying - 3; Race - 2

Vettel is powerless to prevent a superb win for Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg around Monte Carlo’s narrow streets, but poor results for arch rivals Raikkonen and Alonso mean that he stretches his championship lead significantly.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 107; 2 Raikkonen 86; 3 Alonso 78

Round 7/19 - Canada
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Having qualified on pole, Vettel is in a class of his own all afternoon in Montreal, and is able to brush a wall on the 10th lap and then run off the road in the first corner on the 52nd without breaking his stride or looking for a moment like he might lose - a crushing success in which he cruises home almost 15 seconds ahead of second-placed Alonso.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 132; 2 Alonso 96; 3 Raikkonen 88

Round 8/19 - Great Britain
Qualifying - 3; Race - DNF

Vettel is holding a narrow advantage over the on-form Mercedes of Nico Rosberg - the eventual race winner - when an electronics glitch damages his Red Bull’s gearbox, causing his first retirement of 2013. Alonso capitalizes, as his third place combined with Vettel’s DNF revives his title campaign.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 132; 2 Alonso 111; 3 Raikkonen 98

Round 9/19 - Germany
Qualifying - 2; Race - 1

Vettel owns the race from the moment he outdrags Hamilton from the grid. But he wins it the hard way - both Lotus drivers have the potential to beat him, as do some mid-race problems with his KERS which rights itself after a reboot. He holds his nerve throughout, however, and never puts a wheel wrong as he races to his first home win and extends his world championship lead.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 157; 2 Alonso 123; 3 Raikkonen 116

Round 10/19 - Hungary
Qualifying - 2; Race - 3

Red Bull lack the straight-line speed they need here, and damage that Vettel does to his front wing while challenging Button doesn’t help his cause either. In the end he has to settle for third after being robustly rebuffed by Raikkonen in the closing stages.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 172; 2 Raikkonen 134; 3 Alonso 133

Round 11/19 - Belgium
Qualifying - 2; Race - 1

Low-downforce tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps are meant to be Red Bull’s (relative) weakness, but Vettel drives to his 31st Grand Prix victory with such insouciant ease that rivals shudder as they flounder in his wake. Raikkonen’s first DNF of the year means Alonso again becomes his closest rival, albeit a considerable 46 points adrift.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 197; 2 Alonso 151; 3 Hamilton 139

Round 12/19 - Italy
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Red Bull come to the ultra high-speed Monza track expecting to be beaten. However, despite a minor gearbox issue and a slightly flat-spotted front-right tyre which give him vibrations until his pit stop on the 23rd lap, it’s otherwise plain sailing yet again for Vettel on a low-downforce track that supposedly doesn’t suit the car. Alonso limits the damage with second for Ferrari, but cannot stop Vettel’s title advantage growing further.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 222; 2 Alonso 169; 3 Hamilton 141

Round 13/19 - Singapore
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Perhaps for the first time this season Vettel knows he has to pull out all the stops in case of a safety-car intervention, and once he grabs the lead back from fast-starting Rosberg he rules with disdainful ease. Even with some brake vibrations late in the race, he wins by 32.6s from Alonso, who says that second place feels like victory in the circumstance and concedes that only poor luck can now stop his great rival claiming a fourth consecutive title.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 247; 2 Alonso 187; 3 Hamilton 151

Round 14/19 - Korea
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Vettel has few problems - apart from the need to conserve his right-front tyre, to maintain his cool during two safety-car restarts, and an unexpected encounter with a fire tender sent out to deal with team mate Webber’s burning car - en route to his fourth consecutive victory and his eighth of the season. Sixth place for Alonso means the title can be won at the next round in Japan.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 272; 2 Alonso 195; 3 Raikkonen 167

Round 15/19 - Japan
Qualifying - 2; Race - 1

After qualifying second with KERS problems, Vettel makes a slow getaway, losing out to Webber and the fast-starting Lotus of Romain Grosjean. But he plays the long game and superior speed combined with two pit stops to Webber’s three makes for a fifth successive race victory. It means that just a fifth place in India will be enough to put the championship beyond doubt.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 297; 2 Alonso 207; 3 Raikkonen 177

Round 16/19 - India
Qualifying - 1; Race - 1

Starts from pole on a theoretically slower tyre strategy than team mate Webber, but storms through the field after an early stop to win by almost half a minute from Rosberg to secure his fourth title in as many years and guarantee Red Bull the 2013 constructors’ crown.
Post-race standings: 1 Vettel 322; 2 Alonso 207; 3 Raikkonen 183

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