American dream for Red Bull Racing

Webber and Vettel on the podium
Webber and Vettel on the podium

He may have his fourth championship in the bag already, but Sebastian Vettel shows no signs of letting up as he won his eighth race in a row on Sunday.

It would have been easy for the German to take it easy since the Indian Grand Prix where he wrapped up his fourth title success in a row, but with his eyes on the record books, Vettel has been unstoppable.

Vettel

Vettel

His win in Austin on Sunday was his eighth in a row - beating Michael Schumacher’s record from 2004 of seven straight chequered flags.

And a win in the final round in Brazil this coming Sunday would see Vettel equal Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season.

Like in Abu Dhabi, Vettel showed off his, and Red Bull’s dominance by leading from the start and never looking back, toying with the field and setting a brilliant fastest lap with two to go, six tenths quicker than anyone else managed during the course of the race.

Mark Webber, whose career curtain will fall at Interlargos on Sunday, started second but dropped to fourth at the start behind Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton.

After a safety car period, caused by Adrian Sutil’s Force India crashing on the opening lap, Webber made light work of Hamilton’s Mercedes, taking him around the outside of turn 12.

He set about chasing down Grosjean, who was 10 seconds in front and eventually caught the Frenchman in the closing stages of the race.

Just when it looked like Webber was set to pounce and make it another Red Bull Racing 1-2 finish, a lock-up at the hairpin turn 11 with three laps remaining scuppered the Australian’s chances.

“In the end I did what we could, but I think we left some on the table yesterday (in qualifying),” said Webber.

“I have some family and friends here this weekend, so it’s good to get a strong result.

“It would have been better to have had a win, but Seb did a good job here this weekend.”

Team boss Christian Horner added: “It was an incredible team performance today.

“For Sebastian to achieve a new record of the most consecutive wins in a season is a fantastic performance and to be joined on the podium by Mark, who tried everything in the closing laps, gave a team a fantastic podium at the United States Grand Prix.”