Sebastian Vettel demolished the opposition once again in India to secure his fourth straight Formula 1 driver’s title, Red Bull’s fourth consecutive constructor’s crown, and takes his place in history alongside Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost as the only drivers to win four or more driver’s titles.
The German crossed the finish line almost 30 seconds clear of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and put a big time stamp on the season with three more races left to go.
It is surely undeniable now that he is one of the greatest drivers of all time. Vettel’s detractors were still questioning at the start of this year whether the 26-year-old was simply being made to look good by his car. But after yet another season in which he has barely put down a wrong foot, utterly dominating his teammate Mark Webber – who again suffered an unfortunate fate in this race, being forced to retire from second place with an alternator failure – there can be no quibbling.
Vettel’s and Red Bull’s dominance may do nothing to help the overall spectacle. This was the German’s sixth win on the trot, keeping him on target to tie Alberto Ascari’s record of nine consecutive wins by the end of the season, but they cannot be faulted for that.
If you were to build the ideal prototype driver for modern-day Formula One, you would come up with something resembling Vettel. So now it is on to the heat and the sand of the big race in the desert, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix coming up this weekend, then it will be a week off before the Grand Prix of America in Austin, Texas on November 17.