Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian GP last weekend, he proved beyond any doubt that his thirst for victory is unquenchable.
“Obviously, winning is very special,” Vettel said. “Seven races in a row — every single one is tough.”
Starting from second on the grid, Vettel overtook his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the first turn and was untroubled after that.
He beat second-placed Webber by 30.8 seconds and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by 33.6 seconds. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was fourth and two-time former champion Fernando Alonso finished fifth — although stewards were investigating the Spaniard for a passing move on Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne late on.
Vettel now has 37 career race wins and, with two races left, can still match Michael Schumacher’s single-season record of 13 wins in 2004 — during which the German also won seven in a row. Schumacher also won 11 races in 2002.
Vettel looked stunned when told he had just matched Schumacher’s run of seven wins in a row in one campaign.
“I remember watching Formula One as a kid (when) Michael was dominating for Ferrari,” Vettel said.
Vettel can set a single-season record with eight straight at the United States Grand Prix in two weeks’ time. Then, victory at the season-ending Brazilian GP a week later will see him match Italian Alberto Ascari’s long-standing overall record of nine straight, spanning the 1952-53 seasons.
“People see seven races they don’t see the challenge it takes every race to nail it,” Vettel added. “We got everything right, pit stops, reliability. The numbers aren’t that important to me but equally they make me very, very proud.”
Moments after winning, Vettel jogged over to his waiting parents.
“I have spent most of my life racing in front of them as a kid, the cars are a bit bigger now but I am so pleased they are here to see me today,” Vettel said. “They taught me lots of good things and one day I want to pass that on to my children.”
Just like last weekend, Vettel celebrated the win with a few screeching doughnuts on the Yas Marina circuit. He was fined last time, but is unlikely to care too much. see more