Vettel ends the season on cloud nine

Sebastian Vettel wins in Brazil
Sebastian Vettel wins in Brazil

Many laughed off Lewis Hamilton’s comments after the Italian Grand Prix when he predicted a Sebastian Vettel whitewash for the remainder of the season.

But the 26-year-old made it nine in a row, and 13 for the season, onSunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix, rounding out a dominant season for the German which has seen him break record after record.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Rain on Friday and Saturday threatened to change the scheduled Vettel show, but a brilliant performance in drying conditions saw him capture pole position - his eighth of the season.

But he surprisingly fell behind fast-starting Nico Rosberg at the start and trailed his compatriot in the Mercedes until the second lap, making his passing move stick.

From there, normal service resumed as the world champion opened out a gap to the chasing pack.

The only hiccup along the way came when Valteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton came together, threatening to bring out the safety car.

Vettel sat in the Red Bull garage waiting for his tyres to arrive before getting back out on to the circuit.

But with team-mate Mark Webber queueing up behind, he was able to hold on to his lead.

His winning streak, now nine in a row, has beaten previous records set by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Alberto Ascari (1952-53) but Vettel said his achievements don’t come close to that of the Italian.

He said: “I don’t want to compare the record that we have got today; it’s not fair as it was a different time when Ascari was driving.

“Cars broke down more often then and teams were less consistent, so therefore it’s a different type of record that we have got today.

“For all of us in the whole team we love coming to work and giving it all we have.

“There’s a great spirit and it’s sad in a way that the year comes to an end, but that’s how it is.

“I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to a break to get the batteries charged and to look forward to next year.

“My start wasn’t so good today, but I was able to get past Rosberg.

“It was hard to know what was going to happen in today’s race.

“When we came for the second pit stop, it was a late call and then we had to wait for the tyres. We managed to recover with some laps to go.”