Sebastian Vettel finished the Formula One season with his 13th race win of the season at Interlagos, also bringing his total consecutive wins to 9 which equals Alberto Ascari’s record, though that was set over two seasons. To have achieved all this by the age of 26 is simply staggering.


However the focus for the end of the Formula One calendar was not on the young record breaking German but on his team mate Mark Webber as Brazil marked his very last F1 race. Webber took second in the race finishing his career with his 42nd podium. Second place also allowed him to move ahead of Hamilton for third place in the drivers’ championship.


The Australian, who also drove the fastest lap, took off his helmet as he drove the warm-down lap and in the post-race press conference the F1 chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, brought a Brazilian flag, which Vettel and Fernando Alonso signed before presenting it to Webber.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Race

“Seb and I have not always had the best relationship,” an emotional Webber said, “but to finish on the podium with him and Fernando Alonso was great. They are the best of the generation so it was nice for me because it means I can still compete with these guys but I also know the time is right to finish.”


Though the focus was on Webber’s retirement from the sport the day and the records still belonged to Vettel who was keen to down play down his achievements when being compared to Ascari.

“It’s just a number,” he said. “But when I’m older, with less hair and chubby, this will be something to look back on.”

“I think it’s not fair [to compare]. It’s a different time. The races in the 1950s were much longer, cars broke down a lot more, teams weren’t as consistent. Today reliability is exceptionally good, so his record stands out a lot. I think it’s a different type of record.”


Despite Fernando Alonso taking third place on the podium Nico Rosberg (fifth) and Hamilton (ninth) was just enough for Mercedes to claw second place in the constructors’ championship away from Ferrari.


1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 71 laps 1hr 32m 36.300s

2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 10.4s

3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 18.9s

4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 37.3s

5. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 39.0s

6. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes +00m 44.0s

7. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 49.1s

8. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari +01m 04.2s

9. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +01m 12.9s

10. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap


11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap

12. Esteban Gutierrez Spain Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

13. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap

14. Heikki Kovalainen Finand Lotus-Renault +1 lap

15. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap

16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault +1 lap

17. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps

18. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault +2 laps

19. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps


Rtd Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 58 laps completed

Rtd Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 45 laps completed

Rtd Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 2 laps completed



Fastest lap:


Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 15.436s lap 51


all results unofficial via

Images via and Herald Sun

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Roger Baillie
Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound. This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road. This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.


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