2013 INDIAN GP: AWESOME FOURSOME! INFINITI RED BULL RACING CLAIMS QUADRUPLE DOUBLE

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest-ever four-time world champion at the Indian Grand Prix, only the fourth person in history to achieve four titles. Vettel claimed the race with a two-stop strategy, starting on soft and then completing two stints on medium tyres. His latest victory also means that Vettel has now won all three Indian Grands Prix held so far.

There were mixed strategies throughout the top 10 on the grid, with six drivers, including pole man Vettel, starting on the soft tyre and four starting on the medium tyre. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was the highest-placed driver to start on the medium tyre in fourth: the best qualifying position seen so far this year for a driver setting his best time on the harder of the two nominated compounds on a Saturday. The first pit stops came at the end of lap one, with Force India’s Paul di Resta and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne switching from the soft to the medium compound.

Vettel made the same move at the end of lap two from the lead, re-joining at the back and handing the advantage to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who became the first man other than Vettel to ever lead a lap of the Indian Grand Prix. Massa pitted on lap eight, putting Webber into the lead. Webber pitted on lap 28 for softs, at which point Vettel was back into the lead. Vettel’s final stop was on lap 31 for the medium, followed one lap later by his team mate – who also went on to the medium for his final stint before retiring on lap 39 with mechanical problems.
INDIAN GRAND PRIX, BUDDH
60 laps, 307.249km., Weather: Smog.

CLASSIFIED:
 P.    DRIVER             TEAM               TIME    
 1. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull          1h31:12.187
 2. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG       +   29.823
 3. Romain Grosjean     Lotus              +   39.892
 4. Felipe Massa        Ferrari            +   41.692
 5. Sergio Perez        McLaren            +   43.829
 6. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG       +   52.400
 7. Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus              + 1:07.900
 8. Paul Di Resta       Force India        + 1:12.800
 9. Adrian Sutil        Force India        + 1:14.700
10. Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso         + 1:16.200
11. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari            + 1:18.200
12. Pastor Maldonado    Williams           + 1:18.900
13. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso         +    1 lap
14. Jenson Button       McLaren            +    1 lap
15. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber             +    1 lap
16. Valtteri Bottas     Williams           +    1 lap
17. Max Chilton         Marussia           +   2 laps
18. Jules Bianchi       Marussia           +   2 laps
19. Nico Hulkenberg     Sauber             +   6 laps

Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:27.679               

NOT CLASSIFIED:
DRIVER                 TEAM           On Lap          
Mark Webber            Red Bull          40
Carles Pic             Caterham          36
Giedo van der Garde    Caterham           2

After 15 Races:                
 Drivers:                 Constructors:              
 1. S.Vettel      322     1. Red Bull         470
 2. F.Alonso      207     2. Mercedes AMG     313
 3. K.Raikkonen   183     3. Ferrari          309
 4. L.Hamilton    169     4. Lotus            285
 5. M.Webber      148     5. McLaren           93
 6. N.Rosberg     144     6. Force India       68
 7. F.Massa       102     7. Sauber            45
 8. R.Grosjean    102     8. Toro Rosso        32
 9. J.Button       60     9. Williams           1
10. P.Di Resta     40     
11. N.Hulkenberg   39
12. S.Perez        33
13. A.Sutil        28
14. D.Ricciardo    19       
15. J.Vergne       13
16. E.Guttierrez    6       
16. P.Maldonado     1