World champ Vettel makes it seven wins on the trot

Sebastian Vettel’s world title party continued in Abu Dhabi as the newly-crowned 2013 champion secured his seventh successive grand prix victory yesterday.

Despite losing out on pole position to Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, Vettel stormed into the lead before the first corner and the four-time champion never looked like relinquishing top spot as he cantered to victory.

Webber ultimately finished the race in second, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg third.

As Vettel, and the fast-starting Rosberg, passed Webber, Kimi Raikkonen was enduring a miserable end to a weekend he will want to forget in a hurry.

The Lotus driver had qualified fifth, only to be excluded from the session after his car failed a scrutineering test.

That put last year’s race winner at the back of the grid and, in his attempt to make up places early on, he caught the side of a Caterham into the first corner and was soon on his way home after suffering suspension damage.

Vettel built up a commanding lead and by the time he came in to change to the prime tyre, he had enough of a buffer back to Felipe Massa’s Ferrari that he emerged back into first place.

There he stayed for yet another victory as he led home team-mate Webber by over 30 seconds, with the Australian unable to turn pole position in to his first win of the season.

Vettel’s win meant he joined seven-times champion Michael Schumacher in recording seven successive race wins in a calendar year, with Alberto Ascari holding the overall record for consecutive victories, having managed nine — split between the 1952 and 1953 seasons.


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