Vettel's road to the 2013 title – Part 2
29 October 2013 – By notching up a fourth world title at the Indian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel joins the illustrious company of Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher. GPUpdate.net covers the second half of his route to the 2013 crown.
Round 9, Germany / Qualifying: 2 - Race: 1
Although he surged past Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on the run down to the first corner, Vettel's maiden home victory was far from straightforward, with the Lotuses of Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean applying heaps of pressure in the late stages. He stayed calm, however, and put further ground between himself and Fernando Alonso.
Points: Vettel, 157 – Alonso, 123 – Raikkonen, 116
Round 10, Hungary / Qualifying: 2 - Race: 3
Vettel was unable to live with Hamilton's pace at the Hungaroring, the Mercedes driver romping to pole position and his first ever win for the team. Small contact with Jenson Button hindered the German's efforts further, and he had to settle for the final podium spot after some fierce defending from Räikkönen.
Points: Vettel, 172 – Raikkonen, 134 – Alonso, 133
Round 11, Belgium / Qualifying: 2 - Race: 1
Although the largely low-downforce nature of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit looked set to hamper Vettel's efforts, with Hamilton claiming pole position, he delivered another authoritative race performance to jump ahead of the Briton early on and take the chequered flag over 15 seconds ahead of Alonso.
Points: Vettel, 197 – Alonso, 151 – Hamilton, 139
Round 12, Italy / Qualifying: 1 - Race: 1
Another high speed venue, another impressive victory. Despite a lock-up into the first corner, which gave him heavy vibrations throughout his opening stint, Vettel kept his cool to secure the top step of the podium. Alonso fought hard to limit the damage in second, but saw seven more points added to his overall deficit.
Points: Vettel, 222 – Alonso, 169 – Hamilton, 141
Round 13, Singapore / Qualifying: 1 - Race: 1
Singapore will forever be remembered as the scene for one of Vettel's most imperious Formula 1 victories. Having fended off the attentions of Nico Rosberg throughout the first sequence of corners, his rivals would not get another look in, with more than half a minute separating himself and Alonso at the finish.
Points: Vettel, 247 – Alonso, 187 – Hamilton, 151
Round 14, Korea / Qualifying: 1 - Race: 1
Vettel avoids the potential drama of two Safety Car restarts and the unexpected arrival of a fire truck – for team-mate Mark Webber's blaze – to extend his victory streak further. Alonso finishes back in sixth place, meaning the Red Bull driver heads to the Japanese Grand Prix with the ability to seal the title.
Points: Vettel, 272 – Alonso, 195 – Raikkonen, 167
Round 15, Japan / Qualifying: 2 - Race: 1
Having qualified second to team-mate Webber amid KERS issues, Vettel was beaten into the first corner by both the Australian and Lotus rival Romain Grosjean. But a brilliantly executed two-stop strategy sees him rise to the front. Alonso keeps the title alive, although fifth place is all that Vettel requires in India.
Points: Vettel, 297 – Alonso, 207 – Raikkonen, 177
Round 16, India / Qualifying: 1 - Race: 1
After claiming pole position on the Soft compound, which is expected to last just a handful of laps, Vettel makes an early stop before carving his way through the field to win by a comfortable margin. He becomes the youngest four-time World Champion at 26 years of age, while Red Bull seals the Constructors' title.
Points: Vettel, 322 – Alonso, 207 – Raikkonen, 183
Part 1 of Vettel's road to the 2013 title, published on Monday, can be viewed here