F1 2013 Indian Grand Prix result: Hamilton sixth as Vettel wins

PUBLISHED: 11:16 27 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:21 27 October 2013

Lewis Hamilton at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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FORMULA 1 racer Lewis Hamilton failed to finish on the podium as Sebastian Vettel took the 2013 Indian Grand Prix chequered flag to claim his fourth successive world title.

2013 Indian Grand Prix result

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

3 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

4 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

5 Sergio Perez (McLaren)

6 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

7 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

8 Paul Di Resta (Force India)

9 Adrian Sutil (Force India)

10 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)

Red Bull star Vettel cruised to victory around the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi this morning (Sunday).

It was Vettel’s third win in a row from pole position in India and clinched the 26-year-old German a fourth FIA World Drivers’ Championship, making him the youngest quadruple F1 champion.

The result also confirmed Red Bull as winners of the constructors’ championship.

Hertfordshire-born Mercedes driver Hamilton, 28, crossed the line sixth as his Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg took second place behind Vettel.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton racing in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton racing in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, spent much of the race stuck behind the slower Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

The British ace paid tribute to Vettel – and fired out a warning for the 2014 grand prix season.

Speaking in the paddock, Hamilton said: “Massive congratulations to Seb on becoming four-time World Champion today. That’s an awesome achievement and he’s put in some incredible performances this season. I really hope we get to take the fight to him next year!

“Looking at my race today, it’s great that we got some good points, particularly with Nico’s podium, and that the team are back to second place.

2013 FIA World Constructors’ Championship

1 Red Bull 470

2 Mercedes 313

3 Ferrari 309

4 Lotus 285

5 McLaren 93

6 Force India 68

“The car has been pretty good this weekend but the race was frustrating for me. I tried so hard to get past Felipe [Massa] but it just wasn’t possible and unfortunately I destroyed my tyres in doing so.”

He added: “Finishing in sixth place is never satisfying but we’ve got three more races and we’ll keep pushing. I’m confident that we can get some more good results to keep the team in second place and we’ll keep fighting to achieve just that.”

Lewis’ motor-racing younger brother Nicolas Hamilton, in India to see his sibling compete, tweeted after the race: “So there we go #IndianGP over and done with. A tough race for @LewisHamilton but you win some & lose some! Today will only make him stronger”

Rosberg snatched P2 from Kimi Raikkonen down the back straight into Turn 4 on lap 52 of 60.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg racing in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg racing in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Raikkonen’s Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean, who started 17th on the grid, claimed the final spot on the podium, after the pair touched in their battle for third place.

Felipe Massa took advantage of that Lotus contest to overtake Raikkonen for fourth place, with the Finn struggling on worn tyres and eventually having to pit again.

Lotus’ Iceman eventually crossed the line seventh after his late pit stop, setting the fastest lap of the race on his new set of tyres, with Paul di Resta eighth for Force India.

Hamilton slammed in a succession of personal best laps in the closing stages as he chased Massa for fifth place but he was unable to overtake the Ferrari.

"Finishing in sixth place is never satisfying but we’ve got three more races and we’ll keep pushing."

Lewis Hamilton after the Indian Grand Prix

He eventually overtook Raikkonen in the final laps for fifth spot, but was immediately passed himself by Sergio Perez’s McLaren, leaving him sixth at the finish.

Checo Perez said: “In the closing laps, it was a fantastic feeling to get past Kimi [Raikkonen] and Lewis [Hamilton] in a single move. I just braked as late as I could for Turn Four to try and keep Lewis behind – and I managed to do it.”

Nevertheless, P2 and P6 for Mercedes AMG Petronas lifted the team back into second place in the constructors’ championship ahead of Ferrari.

The Mercedes official Twitter handle tweeted afterwards: “Many congratulations to Seb and @redbullracing for a momentous achievement! Richly deserved. They gave it some #DelhiWelly”

Lewis Hamilton on track in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton on track in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Speaking after the grand prix, Mercedes F1 boss Ross Brawn acknowledged the magnificent achievement of Red Bull’s four-time world champion.

He said: “First of all, congratulations to Sebastian Vettel on winning his fourth World Championship. To win multiple championships as he has done, you must be not just a driver but also a fantastic team member, and he clearly has all the attributes that requires. It’s now up to us to stop him.

“From the team’s perspective, we scored a very solid team result this afternoon. Nico enjoyed a very, very good afternoon: the strategy worked out perfectly for him and he got all the right breaks, which allowed him to show what the car was capable of delivering.”

Brawn added: “For Lewis, losing position to Massa early in the race proved critical. That meant we were unable to build a gap in the opening stint because we couldn’t run at our natural pace, so as others behind us pitted, we had to anticipate our first stop in spite of having plenty of life left in the tyres.

2013 Drivers’ Championship

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 322 points (*World champion)

2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 207

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 183

4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 169

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 148

6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 144

7 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 102

8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 102

“After that point, Lewis didn’t have the straightline speed to pass Felipe and make the most of the core performance of the car.

“That naturally left him frustrated but shouldn’t overshadow the good work both drivers and engineering teams did this weekend.

“We gathered a good haul of points today and need to continue to do so in the remaining races.”

Team director Toto Wolff added: “Lewis was compromised on the first lap and we didn’t have the top speed to pass Massa on track today.

Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean hold aloft world champion Sebastian Vettel on the 2013 Indian Grand Prix podium [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean hold aloft world champion Sebastian Vettel on the 2013 Indian Grand Prix podium [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

“Clearly, when you are following a car so closely for so many laps, that doesn’t help tyre degradation and that was why he ran out of tyres in the final laps. Taking all of that into account, P6 is still a solid result and contributed more valuable points.

“We have had a good afternoon compared to our direct rivals today but there is still a long way to go until we can say mission accomplished.

“There is no complacency and our target will be to deliver another three strong weekends this season”

Fernando Alonso, the only driver able to stop Vettel from winning the title at the start of the race, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place for Ferrari.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg sprays world champion Sebastian Vettel on the podium after the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg sprays world champion Sebastian Vettel on the podium after the 2013 Indian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Vettel’s Red Bull colleague Mark Webber was forced to retire from the race with an alternator problem when well set for a podium finish.

Meanwhile, McLaren’s former F1 world champion Jenson Button retired on the last lap, having earlier damaged his car in a collision with Alonso on lap one which resulted in a puncture.

Button said: “Today was just one of those days. Exiting Turn Four on the first lap, I got hit quite hard on the right-hand-side by Fernando [Alonso].

“I don’t quite know why he couldn’t make to the apex, as I’d given him loads of room, but he hit me in the side pretty hard.

“The contact damaged the car and damaged the wheel rim, which also gave me a puncture, although it didn’t cause me an issue until about three laps later.

“It was an extra shame that I was running on the medium tyre when I had the puncture, as that was the one you wanted to run long around here. So that incident destroyed my strategy for the rest of the afternoon.”

Of Button’s misfortune, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “He was unfortunately clipped by Fernando on lap one – that contact cracked the rim of his right-rear wheel and caused a puncture.

“That was extremely regrettable, because he was running on the Prime tyre, which he should have been using for the next 25 laps.

“Thereafter, his was destined to be a three-stopper, which was always going to be hard work. Unfortunately, in the closing laps, he reported a mis-shift in the gearbox, so we stopped his car as a precautionary measure before the end.”

The F1 circus heads to Abu Dhabi next weekend.


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