Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed a thumping victory in the Airtel Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. And in doing so, he has joined the list of all-time greats Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
As he accomplished his fourth straight Driver’s Championship title, the 26-year old Vettel became the youngest ever driver to clinch four consecutive titles. Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher are the only two others to have achieved this feat.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team too recorded a strong performance, as they clamped up 26 points in total. Nico Rosberg finished up on the podium with the second position and 18 points in his kitty, and his teammate Lewis Hamilton grabbed the sixth position as well as 8 points.
Mercedes did well to reclaim their second place in the Constructors’ Championship, ending up with 313 points in total. Mercedes feels they have a lot of positives going in their side, and they would be eager to maintain the momentum in the coming races in Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil.
Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn was pretty impressed with the sixth-position finish of Lewis Hamilton, considering the fact that he didn’t have enough straightline speed to go past Felipe Massa and the tyre degradation too didn’t help. Toto Wolff, Executive Director of the Team, was not shy of his praise for Sebastian Vettel but he was also impressed with the performance of Nico and Hamilton.
The Indian Grand Prix witnessed a more-than-expected turnout, and that should help them in making a strong pitch for returning to the FIA Calendar in 2015. The Indian Grand Prix, unfortunately, doesn’t find a place in the 2014 FIA Calendar.