Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel brought the curtain down on the 2013 Formula 1 season with his record ninth successive victory in changeable conditions in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
His team-mate Mark Webber ended his F1 career with an impressive drive to second while Fernando Alonso took his first podium since Singapore with third.
McLaren’s Jenson Button scored the team’s best result of the season with fourth, while his team-mate Sergio Perez finished a strong sixth in his last race for the team.
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Took his ninth successive victory and 13th of the season. Lost the lead at the start but re-passed Nico Rosberg on the next lap to move back into the lead. Built a gap of around 10 seconds over the chasing pack. Lost time at his final pit stop, after the team made a late call to bring him in to protect against a safety car and as a result didn’t have everything ready in time. Had his lead cut to six seconds, but built the lead back up slowly despite light rain to take the chequered flag and equal Alberto Ascari’s record of nine straight wins, set over the 1952 and 1953 seasons.
Took his 42nd career podium in his final race in Formula 1. Lost a place at the start, but battled back up the field to pass Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso to run second. Lost time during his first stop which meant he came out behind Alonso. Passed the Ferrari driver again and started closing on team-mate Vettel. Gained time at the final stops, as Vettel had a problem, but didn’t have the pace to catch the world champion and went on to finish second and take third place in the drivers’ championship for the third time in four years.
Drove well to take his ninth podium of the season. Lost a place at the start to Hamilton, but regained it soon after and then passed Rosberg for second. Dropped back to third when Webber got through but showed good pace to hang on to the Red Bulls. Moved back up to second after the first stops, but lost a place to Webber. Comfortably held on to third for the remainder of the race to take his first podium since Singapore.
Scored the team’s best result of the year. Qualified a disappointing 14th but made a brilliant start and soon worked his way up into the points to run eighth early on. Looked quicker than he’s been all season and a combination of good strategy and some punchy overtaking moves saw him continue to rise through the field to fourth. Scored his 14th points finish of the season to finish ninth in the championship.
Secured his fourth successive points finish with sixth. Started 19th, after taking a gearbox change following a crash in qualifying, but made a good start and made several good passes, including on Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez, to climb his way up into the points. Showed rival teams he has the raw speed as he searches for a seat on the grid next season.