Formula 1


Vettel podium India


Sebastian Vettel has claimed the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship crown, his fourth consecutive drivers’ title. The 26-year-old German drove his Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing to victory in the Indian Grand Prix, clinching the title with three races remaining. Sebastian has scored 10 wins, 7 pole positions and an insurmountable 322 points so far this season. 

Sebastian’s win now brings him level with Renault Ambassador Alain Prost’s tally of four drivers’ championship wins. 

Alain Prost commented, ‘I’m delighted to see Sebastian win the title today. He is a great driver and he has had some outstanding wins this year, some of the best of his career so far. Singapore was one of those wins: he was fighting all the way but he made it look easy, which is always a mark of a worthy winner. 

‘You can see he is methodical in his approach, builds a strong team around him that is 100% motivated for success and is entirely focused on the end result. 

‘He is a great champion and I don’t think this title will be his last. He has a good team around him, stability with the technical team and with Renault, and of course he is still young enough to challenge for more 

‘I’m pleased to see him equal my four titles. I wish him all the best to go on and win others and become a great Renault champion.’

Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F1, added, ‘Congratulations to Sebastian on his fourth title. He has shown great panache this year against very tough competition and fully deserved to win this season. It is a proud moment for Renault too, as Sebastian has taken the number of drivers’ titles we have to which we have contributed to 11, five of which have been won with the Renault V8 engine. We are very incredibly proud to have been able to maintain our quality and success throughout this entire period and to give great drivers like Sebastian the opportunity to do justice to their innate talent.’