2013 USA GP: VETTEL WITH NEW WIN WRITES F1 HISTORY

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has taken his 12th win of the season and his first in the United States. It was another commanding performance from the moment the red lights went out, until the chequered flag waved in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It was a truly world champion performance from Vettel, who again celebrated with donuts much to the delight of the crowd. Race was not the most exciting witnessed this season.

At the start of the race, Vettel defended from Grosjean in to Turn 1 as both the Lotus and Hamilton went round the outside of Webber. The safety car was deployed before the end of the lap though, as Adrian Sutil speared sideways into the barriers having been tagged by Pastor Maldonado. On the restart Vettel led away and built a comfortable gap, while Hamilton's tyres went off more quickly than those around him and Webber pounced under braking around the outside in to Turn 12 to take third place. In the second stints, Alonso found his way past Hulkenberg out of Turn 1 and set off after Hamilton, but the Mercedes had enough pace in hand to keep the Ferrari at bay.

It was a big day for rookie Valtteri Bottas who scored his first ever grand prix points at a circuit he had never driven on until FP1 on Friday. The young Williams driver never put a foot wrong all weekend, and eighth place was his reward. Heikki Kovalainen's first appearance in the ex-Kimi Raikkonen Lotus proved very disappointing. He lost ground at the start, had to make an extra pitstop for a new front wing, then struggled with KERS issues on the way to 15th. The top 12 finishers all used a one-stop strategy, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa the highest-placed finisher to adopt a two-stop strategy, ending up 13th.
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, AUSTIN, TEXAS;
56 laps, 308.896km., Weather: Sunny.

CLASSIFIED:
 P.    DRIVER             TEAM                TIME    
 1. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull          1h39m17.148
 2. Romain Grosjean      Lotus              +    6.284
 3. Mark Webber          Red Bull           +    8.396
 4. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes AMG       +   27.358
 5. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari            +   29.592
 6. Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber             +   30.400
 7. Sergio Perez         McLaren            +   46.692
 8. Valtteri Bottas      Williams           +   54.509
 9. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG       +   59.141
10. Jenson Button        McLaren            + 1:17.278
11. Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso         + 1:21.004
12. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso         + 1:24.574
13. Felipe Massa         Ferrari            + 1:26.914
14. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber             + 1:31.707
15. Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus              + 1:35.063
16. Paul di Resta        Force India        + 1:36.853
17. Pastor Maldonado     Williams           +    1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi        Marussia           +    1 lap
19. Giedo van der Garde  Caterham           +    1 lap
20. Charles Pic          Caterham           +    1 lap
21. Max Chilton          Marussia           +   2 laps

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel - 1:39.856              

NOT CLASSIFIED:
DRIVER                 TEAM             On Lap        
Adrian Sutil           Force India        1

After 18 Races:                
 Drivers:                 Constructors:               
 1. S.Vettel        372   1. Red Bull         553
 2. F.Alonso        227   2. Mercedes AMG     348
 3. L.Hamilton      187   3. Ferrari          333
 4. K.Raikkonen     183   4. Lotus            315
 5. M.Webber        171   5. McLaren          102
 6. N.Rosberg       161   6. Force India       77
 7. R.Grosjean      132   7. Saube             53
 8. F.Massa         106   8. Toro Rosso        32
 9. J.Button         61   9. Williams           5
10. P.Di Resta       48       
11. N.Hulkenberg     47       
12. S.Perez          41       
13. A.Sutil          29       
14. D.Ricciardo      19       
15. J.Vergne         13       
16. E.Gutierrez       6       
17. V.Bottas          4       
18. P.Maldonado       1