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Vettel Adds Texas Victory To His List Of Accomplishments

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, November 17 2013

Sebastian Vettel stopped by for some donuts in Austin. (File photo)

Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday. And, as per usual, the German driver did it in dominating fashion.

Starting from the pole position, Vettel, a four-time champion who has already clinched this year’s championship, got through the critical first turn with his trademark quick start and gave the field no chance to catch his Red Bull car.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean of France was second, his best finish this year.

Vettel’s Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber of Australia, was third.

Vettel heads to next weekend’s season finale in Brazil with a chance to tie Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 13 victories in a single season. Schumacher set the mark in 2004, and also won seven straight races that year.

Vettel also is closing on the overall Formula One record for consecutive victories of nine, set by Alberto Ascari over parts of the 1952 and ‘53 seasons.

(This story will be updated shortly)

FIA Formula 1 United States Grand Prix results after 56 laps/192 miles around the 3.4-mile/20-turn Circuit of The Americas with car number in parentheses, driver, country, chassis/engine, and time differential:

1. (1) Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Infiniti Red Bull Racing/Renault, 1 hour, 39:17.148-seconds

2. (8) Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus F1 Team/Renault, 1:39:23.432, plus 6.284-seconds

3. (2) Mark Webber, Australia, Infiniti Red Bull Racing/Renault, 1:39:25.544, plus 8.396-seconds

4. (10) Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, 1:39:44.506, plus 27.358-seconds

5. (3) Fernando Alonso, Spain, Scuderia Ferrari, 1:39:46.740, plus 29.592-seconds

6. (11) Niko Hulkenberg, Germany, Sauber F1 Team/Ferrari, 1:39:47.548, plus 30.400-seconds

7. (6) Sergio Perez, Mexico, Vodafone McLaren/Mercedes, 1:40.03.840, plus 46.692-seconds

8. (17) Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Williams F1 Team/Renault, 1:40:11.657, plus 54.509-seconds

9. (9) Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, 1:40:16.289, plus 59.141-seconds

10. (5) Jenson Button, Great Britain, Vodafone McLaren/Mercedes, 1:40:34.426, plus 77.278-seconds

11. (19) Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Scuderia Toro Rosso/Ferrari, 1:40:38.152, plus 81.004-seconds

12. (18) Jean-Eric Vergne, France, Scuderia Toro Rosso/Ferrari, 1:40:41.722, plus 84.574-seconds

13. (4) Felipe Massa, Brazil, Scuderia/Ferrari, 1:40:44.062, plus 86.914-seconds

14. (12) Esteban Gutierrez, Mexico, Sauber F1 Team/Ferrari, 1:40:48.855, plus 91.707-seconds

15. (7) Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, Lotus F1 Team/Renault, 1:40:52.211, plus 95.063-seconds

16. (14) Paul di Resta, Great Britain, Sahara Force India/Mercedes, 1:40:54.001, plus 96.853-seconds

17. (16) Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Williams F1 Team/Renault, 1:39:34.305, plus 1 lap

18. (22) Jules Bianchi, France, Marussia F1 Team/Cosworth, 1:40:13.681, plus 1 lap

19. (21) Giedo van der Garde, The Netherlands, Catherham F1 Team/Renault, 1:40:15.632, plus 1 lap

20. (20) Charles Pic, France, Caterham F1 Team/Renault, 1:40:45.887, plus 1 lap

21. (23) Max Chilton, Great Britain, Marussia F1 Team/Cosworth, 1:39:35.785, plus 2 laps

22. (15) Adrian Sutil, Germany, Sahara Force India/Mercedes, 0 laps, DNF

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:39.856-seconds on Lap 54. Average winning speed: 186.374 mph.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, November 17 2013
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