Magnificent seven for Sebastian Vettel

Vettel wins in Abu Dhabi
Vettel wins in Abu Dhabi

The season just keeps getting better for Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing as they made it look easy under the lights at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The manner in which Vettel cruised to his 11th victory of the 2013 campaign was, as described by the man himself, ‘scary at some stages’ as looked simply unstoppable.

Despite wrapping up the world championship at the last race in India, Vettel is showing no signs of letting off the gas - intent on equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season which he achieved in 2004.

His winning streak now reads seven in a row, and he’s an even bet to win the remaining two races in America and Brazil.

The 26-year-old didn’t have it all his way at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix though.

On Saturday, he was surprisingly beaten to pole position by team-mate Mark Webber, and looked likely to be jumped by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton too, but for the Brit to spin out late in his lap.

But he needn’t have worried much. Off the line, Vettel got the better start and was ahead of his team-mate before the first corner, and he never looked back.

By the end of the first lap, he was nearly two seconds quicker than Nico Rosberg chasing behind, who also got the jump on slow-starting Webber.

Vettel’s dominance saw him quickly open a huge gap to the pack behind, who fought it out amongst themselves to be best of the rest.

And making his soft Pirelli tyres last longer than most, Vettel’s lead was comfortably more than a pit-stop as he pulled in for his first change of the afternoon.

Looking in his mirrors, he barely saw another competitor unless he had just lapped them.

As he cooled off in the latter stages of the race, his enormous cushion was enough to see him comfortably home, 30 seconds ahead of Webber in a Red Bull 1-2.

Speaking afterwards, Vettel said: “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps.

“I think it’s difficult, being an active member of the team, to put things like today into perspective.

“When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people together that believes so much in what they do.

“To be part of that is great and makes me proud.

“The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special.

“I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yesterday (in qualifying), but we made up for it today.”