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Vettel wins in India to take fourth consecutive title as Red Bull secure Constructors' title too
Sunday 27th October 2013, 11:15 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel became a four-time champion in India after taking a brilliant and controlled victory around the Buddh International Circuit, also handing Red Bull their fourth Construtors' title in the process.
The German had a questionable start as both Mercedes cars hounded him into turn one, but he eventually came out on top with a better strategy than his team-mate Mark Webber who had been a close favourite to win.
Webber though retired from the race from second place with an alternator failure.
Nico Rosberg finished second ahead of Romain Grosjean who started 17th. Felipe Massa was fourth ahead of Sergio Perez - his best finish for McLaren - and Lewis Hamilton in sixth.
Vettel's only challenger before the race was Fernando Alonso, however contact at the start of the race forced a front-wing change on lap two which ended his quest to halt Vettel's progress. The Spaniard finished 11th and pointless.
A double retirement for Caterham helped Marussia stay ahead with Max Chilton beating Jules Bianchi on-track.
Race Result - 2013 Indian Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. N. Rosberg Mercedes +29.8 18 03. R. Grosjean Lotus +39.8 15 04. F. Massa Ferrari +41.6 12 05. S. Perez McLaren +43.8 10 06. L. Hamilton Mercedes +52.4 8 07. K. Raikkonen Lotus +67.9 6 08. P. di Resta Force India +72.8 4 09. A. Sutil Force India +74.7 2 10. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +76.2 1 11. F. Alonso Ferrari +78.2 12. P. Maldonado Williams +78.9 13. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +1 lap 14. J. Button McLaren +1 lap 15. E. Gutierrez Sauber +1 lap 16. V. Bottas Williams +1 lap 17. M. Chilton Marussia +2 laps 18. J. Bianchi Marussia +2 laps 19. N. Hulkenberg Sauber Retired 20. M. Webber Red Bull Retired 21. C. Pic Caterham Retired 22. G. van der Garde Caterham Retired
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