Sebastian Vettel winning his fourth consecutive world championship may have overshadowed everything else that happened during the race, so let’s take a look at the good and bad of the Indian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel clinches his fourth consecutive world championship
The German has now joined an elite club comprising of only three other members to have won four world championships.
What’s more is he is now the youngest driver to have won four consecutive world championships and is one of only three drivers to win four consecutive world championships, the other two being Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Mercedes take back second in the constructors championship
A second place finish from Nico Rosberg and a sixth place finish from Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari only scoring 12 points meant the Brackley based team have now reclaimed second in the constructors championship.
Third podium finish in a row for Romain Grosjean
The Frenchman performed well in India and took his third consecutive third place finish. This is his fifth trip to the podium this year (all of which have been third places) showing that he’s come a long way from being branded a ‘first lap nutcase’ by Mark Webber last year.
Grosjean believed he may have been able to challenge for second place had he not been stuck behind for Esteban Gutierrez for so long.
“I lost quite a lot of time behind [Esteban] Gutierrez which maybe cost us the fight for second,” Grosjean said.
Fourth place finish for Massa
When he announced he would leave Ferrari at the end of the season Massa said he would be driving for himself for the rest of the season, which is exactly what he did in India.
Over the weekend Massa confirmed he was in talks with Williams, so his fourth place finish at the Buddh International Circuit won’t have done his job prospects any harm at all.
It’s always nice to see Massa performing this well, it’s a shame we don’t see it more often.
Sutil manages tyres perfectly
Before the race Pirelli recommended to the teams that they did no more than 35 laps on the medium tyres and 12 on the soft tyres. Sutil completely ignored their warning managing to squeeze 41 laps out of the mediums and 19 out of the softs.
More bad luck for Mark Webber
The Australian was having a good race and was looking on track for a podium finish until he forced to retire on lap 39 with an alternator failure.
Webber has had terrible luck this year, let’s hope he has better luck next year when he joins the World Endurance Championship.
Double retirement for Caterham
Giedo van der Garde didn’t even manage to complete the opening lap after he was involved in an incident with his teammate Charles Pic and Marussia’s Max Chilton. van der Garde placed the blame on Chilton, who in return said he felt it was the Dutchman’s fault.
Charles Pic had a tough race after a puncture caused by the incident on the opening lap caused him to pit earlier than expected. He then had to pit a few laps later with another puncture.
The Frenchman then had to retire on 39 with hydraulic issues.
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