Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel led from the front from start to finish to win the Indian Grand Prix, a repeat of his phenomenal performance at the inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida last year.
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel rattled off his fourth successive win of the season in the Indian Grand Prix here Sunday to tighten his grip on the title showdown with three races remaining.
It is Vettel’s fourth win on the trot this season, and the 25-year-old German driver, who has topped the driver’s championship for the past two seasons, is on the cusp of becoming the youngest triple champion in Formula One history.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, also in the race for the driver’s championship, finished second, and now trails Vettel by 13 points with just three more races to go in the season. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished third, and Force India notched up four points with its driver Nico Hulkenberg finishing eighth.
Vettel, who led from piller to post to add this to his wins in South Korea, Japan and Singapore and his seasonal debut success in Bahrain, is seeking to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history.
It was Vettel's 26th win and he revelled in his familiar trick of standing atop his car to milk the applause from a rapturous crowd.
After an exultant celebration on the victory podium, in front of many of the 65,000 spectators, he added: "It has been incredible. To come here both years, get the pole and win the race is fantastic. It is a very special Grand Prix and I really like this circuit."
Vettel may have had every reason to celebrate, but he was wary of looking ahead and taking anything for granted.