Sebastian Vettel just keeps making things look too easy. The newly crowned F1 Champion of 2013 added yet another trophy to his case. Today’s easy win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix makes seven races in a row where he stood on the top step of the podium.
It was a great day for Red Bull Racing as well, as it marked their 100th podium in F1, and Mark Webber followed him home in second. But the German was plunged into controversy again, as he completed a string of illegal donuts to celebrate. While burnouts are commonplace in NASCAR, they are frowned upon in F1.
Vettel was reprimanded at the last round and his team fined $40,000 for doing the same. But he escaped draconian punishment, because he had just made history with his fourth successive world title.
Vettel spoke to the press after his big win in the night of Abu Dhabi, addressing the point that his parents were on hand to watch the race. “I love them very much and I want to dedicate this win to them. They spent a lot of their lives watching me race. Now it’s bigger toys and more people watching, and it was great for them. I have learned a lot of things from them.”
Vettel proved there would be no lifting off the gas, even though a fourth successive title has been shelved in his trophy cabinet at the last round. It was the margin that was his biggest of the year – nearly 31 seconds. If this run continues for the remaining two rounds in Austin and Sao Paulo, he can become the first man in history to win nine Grands Prix in a row, which would match his idol’s record, Michael Schumacher, of 13 in a year.
As we said earlier, Webber was second, then came the Mercedes driven by Nico Rosberg in third, completing the podium. Well, after a short break, next up will be the United States Grand Prix in Austin on Sunday, Nov. 17. You can be sure the world will be watching if Vettel can make it eight in a row.