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India analysis - Vettel joins the F1® legends 28 Oct 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the track.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and the Red Bull Racing celebrate.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) celebrates his tenth podium for Mercedes. Indian Grand Prix, Sunday, 27 October 2013. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 on the podium with the champagne.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28 locks up and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32 pulls onto the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03 retires at the start of the race with broken suspension.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013

Those lucky enough to be present at the 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix were privileged to watch history in the making, as Sebastian Vettel become the youngest driver to win four Formula One drivers’ titles. And the crushing manner in which he did it - winning the race after carving his way through the field following an early stop - showed exactly why he must now be considered one of the all-time greats. We take a team-by-team look back at an unforgettable day in New Delhi...

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1
Mark Webber, retired lap 40, alternator

All Vettel needed was a fifth place finish. Instead, a great strategy and another fierce drive earned him his third Indian Grand Prix victory, his sixth win in a row and his 10th of 2013 and, of course, his fourth consecutive world championship. And all that wonderful success also clinched a fourth consecutive constructors’ crown for Red Bull. The only stain on the afternoon was Webber’s retirement from second place with an alternator failure, which obliged the team to tell Vettel not to use KERS or his drinks bottle for fear of agitating his alternator. In summary, it was an historic day for the team from Milton Keynes.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P2
Lewis Hamilton, P6

Rosberg said Mercedes’ aim this weekend was to be best of the rest, and Webber’s situations in both qualifying and the race actually gave the silver arrows a little more than that. He and Hamilton lost ground stuck behind Massa, but Rosberg’s pit strategy got him ahead of the Ferrari and a neat drive did the rest to earn him an honourable second place. Hamilton was slow on the straight and never did get past Massa, and neither could he resist Perez in the final laps. But their overall points haul put them four points ahead of Ferrari again.

Lotus
Romain Grosjean, P3
Kimi Raikkonen, P7

A brilliant 13-lap opening run on soft tyres brought Grosjean up from 17th to fifth, and he then built on that with a superb 47-lap run on mediums which took him up to third and the final podium position. Along the way he had a little tangle with team mate Raikonen, who had worked up to second after a seven-lap stint on softs and then a mammoth run on mediums. But as they faded towards the end he slipped down to seventh and finally had to pit for more softs with two laps to run. He was already angry after some pointed team instructions, and banged in the fastest lap of the race on his final tour. Lotus’s point score just keeps them in play in the fight for second place with Mercedes and Ferrari.

Ferrari
Felipe Massa, P4
Fernando Alonso, P11

Massa led a race for the first time since China, after a brilliant start took him past both Mercedes on the opening lap. He fell back behind Rosberg in the pit stops but drove like his old self to challenge Grosjean for the final podium place until dropping back to a respectable fourth. Alonso’s race was a disaster as he was involved in the Raikkonen/Webber clash on the opening lap and then hit Button. The Ferrari then didn’t handle in right-handers and lacked straight-line speed, leaving him to a pointless 11th place finish as his title hopes ended. To make things worse, Ferrari lost second place in the constructors’ stakes to Mercedes.

McLaren
Sergio Perez, P5
Jenson Button, P14

Perez did a great job with a 28-lap opening run on his medium tyres, and at one stage looked a possible podium contender. After a five-lap run on the softs he was back on mediums and managed to catch and pass Raikkonen and Hamilton in one sweet move to take a much-needed fifth place. Button’s day was ruined when Alonso ran into him on the opening lap, puncturing one of his mediums, and condemning him to an unhappy run to a lowly 14th.

Force India
Paul di Resta, P8
Adrian Sutil, P9

Di Resta’s switch from softs to mediums at the end of the first lap worked well and an intelligent and mistake-free race brought him a much-needed eighth place finish. In one of the drives of the race Sutil made his mediums last 41 laps and then his softs last 19. And while doing the latter he withstood huge pressure from Ricciardo and Alonso to add to Di Resta’s points haul by taking ninth. All in all, a good race for the team as they hone their once superfast VJM06 on the revised Pirellis.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P10
Jean-Eric Vergne, P13

Ricciardo kept himself well in the hunt with a 33-lap opening stint on mediums and then a short five-lap one on softs, but got trapped behind Sutil thereafter and just couldn’t overtake. Tenth place, nevertheless, was a decent result. Vergne, however, had a troubled time which included getting a hurry-up message from his team.

Sauber
Esteban Gutierrez, P15
Nico Hulkenberg, P19, retired lap 55, brakes

Hulkenberg believed that eighth place was possible after another strong run in the C32, but his race came to an end close to the flag with some sort of brake system failure. Gutierrez ruined his race with a jump start, for which he received a drive-through penalty, and made himself unpopular weaving while defending his place from Grosjean early on. He might have been a points contender, but ultimately finished 15th.

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, P12
Valtterri Bottas, P16

Bottas was mixing it with Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Alonso for 11th place at one stage before a final pit call dropped him back behind team mate Maldonado by the flag. The Finn’s race was compromised a little by radio communication problems which delayed his first pit stop.

Marussia
Max Chilton, P17
Jules Bianchi, P18

Chilton survived a first-lap brush with Van der Garde, and after a 29-lap stint on his first set of mediums was able to hold on to beat team mate Bianchi home by a scant 0.7s.

Caterham
Charles Pic, retired lap 36, hydraulics
Giedo van der Garde, retired lap 2, accident damage

Caterham had another horrible race, with Van der Garde being pincered between team mate Pic and Chilton on the opening lap and sustaining sufficient damage to warrant retirement. Pic was also delayed and later had to retire with hydraulic failure.

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