Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing have secured their fourth consecutive world championship titles with victory at the Indian Grand Prix.
Vettel’s third straight win at the Buddh International Circuit, coupled with a no score for Fernando Alonso, who had a difficult race after he damaged his front wing on the opening lap, wrapped up the 26-year-old’s fourth consecutive drivers’ title, with three races of the season still to go.
Despite an early stop to switch from the un-favoured soft tyre, which dropped him down the field, the German completed a remarkable drive, scything through the field to lead from his team-mate Mark Webber after both drivers had completed their final stops, before going on to take his 10th win of the season.
Despite a late alternator failure for Webber, which put him out of the race, Vettel’s victory secured a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship for Red Bull Racing.
Vettel joins the select group of Juan-Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher to have won four Formula One drivers titles, with only Vettel, Fangio and Schumacher doing so in four consecutive years.
Red Bull’s fourth constructors’ championship makes them only the third team in Formula One history to complete such a feat, only Ferrari between 2000-2004 and McLaren from 1988-1991 can boast such a run of success.
Vettel celebrated his championship win with a series of donuts on the start-finish straight.
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