1 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 France R Grosjean Lotus
4 Brazil F Massa Ferrari
5 Mexico S Perez McLaren
6 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
7 Finland K Raikkonen Lotus
8 Great Britain P Di Resta Force India
9 Germany A Sutil Force India
10 Australia D Ricciardo Toro Rosso
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Williams
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Great Britain J Button McLaren
15 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
16 Finland V Bottas Williams
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 France J Bianchi Marussia
19 Germany N Hulkenberg (ret.) Sauber
20 Australia M Webber (ret.) Red Bull
21 France C Pic (ret.) Caterham
22 Netherlands G van der Garde (ret.) Caterham
Wondering what his achievement is, besides winning the championship. Well, it is quite remarkable, he joins greats who have won four consecutive F1 titles but what is astonishing is his age. The following numbers shall give you an account of what I am trying to say here.
26 years 116 days – Vettel
32 years 228 days – Schumacher
38 years and 214 days – Prost
45 years 70 days – Fangio
Just freaking 26 years goes on to say so much about his ability and the ability of the team. Here is the radio conversation as the feat was achieved :
Red Bull team radio "You join the greats" .
Vettel "Unbelievable - we did it. YES!"
Probably no one thought that the feat would be achieved by someone so young , well it has and dare I say that he might go on to improve it even further. Today’s race was virtually over when Webber, Vettel’s most serious rival had an abysmal start to the race and then eventually retired. This may have given some leeway for Vettel who was experiencing some issues of his own. Well that doesn’t count for much as he did it in some style and with some imperious driving. Such prowess behind the wheel along with a monster of a car and a good team is what makes a F1 champion.
A special mention to the Force India team who had their cars printed with #masterblaster paying tribute to the great Sachin Tendulkar. That is class right there for you.