The insatiable Sebastian Vettel, already assured of a fourth championship in a row the world, continued its unchallenged domination of Formula 1 by winning Sunday in Austin ( Texas ) his eighth consecutive Grand Prix, a record .
The Red Bull driver overtook the French Romain Grosjean ( Lotus ) , who was able to resist to the end to Mark Webber (3rd ) after swallowing the Australian at the start and thus prevented a double Red Bull.This is the 38th victory of Vettel in F1, including 12 this season and especially eight in a row, one better tha Michael Schumacher in 2004 ( 7) , and therefore a new record for victories in a single season cGrosjeanonsécutives . The Italian Alberto Ascari had chained nine wins , but straddling two seasons in 1952 and 1953.
” I do not know what to say, said an emotional Vettel. I am very proud of this moment , it will surely take a little time to realize the significance of it all. ”
With his usual panache, Vettel took his revenge for last season in Austin, when he had given victory to Lewis Hamilton ( McLaren so on ) for a half- second after leading the race for most of the GP .The German led for 54 of the 56 laps , leaving the head of the race Grosjean for only two laps , when the French managed to take his first set of tires two laps more than quadruple world champion , the 28th 30th round.
Grosjean has equaled his best Grand Prix (Canada 2012) and earned his fourth podium of the last five races ( 6 total for the season) .”I made a good start , I almost managed to get Seb ( Vettel ) , said the French , the third party position but doubled Webber in the first corner. I had a great car . ‘m Glad I to achieve something in the United States , I love this country . Hopefully next year I’ll be a step higher . ”
Briton Lewis Hamilton took the 4th place and goes on the provisional podium Championship drivers than Kimi Raikkonen , package Austin.Dolphin Vettel in the drivers’ standings , Spaniard Fernando Alonso ( Ferrari ) took 5th in delivering a very good fight with German Nico Hulkenberg (6th) in the final laps , but that 30 seconds Vettel.
The race was neutralized for four laps from the start , due to a runway in the first round , without gravity to the driver, the German Adrian Sutil ( Force India ) .Most drivers have made only one stop to change tires and everything is finished to a breathless pace before an enthusiastic audience , with fights at all levels , but far behind Vettel can project towards new heights in a week in Brazil during the 19th and final round of the Championship.
It will be for him to equal the record of Ascari (9 straight wins ) and Schumacher ( 13 wins in a single season ). Final Unofficial U.S. Grand Prix , the 18th round (of 19 ) World Championship Formula 1 , won Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull -Renault ) , subject to subsequent approval by the race :
1 . Sebastian Vettel (GER / Red Bull- Renault ) , the 308.560 kilometers in 1 hour 39:17.148
( average: 186.468 km / h )
2 . Romain Grosjean (FRA / Lotus -Renault ) in 6284
3 . Mark Webber (AUS / Red Bull- Renault ) in 8396
4 . Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes ) to 27,358
5. Fernando Alonso ( ESP / Ferrari ) to 29,592
6 . Nico Hulkenberg (GER / Sauber -Ferrari ) to 30,400
7 . Sergio Perez (MEX / McLaren -Mercedes ) to 46,692
8 . Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Williams -Renault ) to 54,509
9 . Nico Rosberg (GER / Mercedes ) to 59,141
10 . Jenson Button (GBR / McLaren -Mercedes ) 1:17.278 to
Drivers’ classification :
1 . Sebastian Vettel (GER) 372 pts
2 . Fernando Alonso ( ESP ) 227
3 . Lewis Hamilton (GBR ) 187
4 . Kimi Raikkonen (FIN ) 183
5. Mark Webber ( AUS) 181
6 . Nico Rosberg (GER ) 161
7 . Romain Grosjean (FRA ) 132
8 . Felipe Massa (BRA ) 106
9 . Jenson Button (GBR ) 61
10 . Paul di Resta (GBR) 48
The constructors :
1 . Red Bull 553 pts
2 . Mercedes -AMG 348
3 . Ferrari 333
4 . Lotus 315
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