Made My Mark: Finishing Out The 2013 Season
The Formula 1 season wrapped up in Brazil, and it got dramatic. Just two laps in, Romain Grosjean’s engine blew and was the first retirement of the race. Towards the beginning of the race, Felipe Massa went to make a pass on Lewis Hamilton but went over the pit entry lines during flying laps and received a drive-through penalty. Soon after, Hamilton made contact with Valtteri Bottas when Bottas tried to pass. This caused a retirement for Bottas and a tire puncture and a penalty for Hamilton. Then, during Red Bull Racing’s final pit stops, both cars came in for a stop when the team prepared for only the first car. Then, there was a problem with getting the right rear tire on the first car. In the end, Sebastian Vettel won his ninth consecutive race in a row with the retiring Mark Webber in 2nd and Fernando Alonso in 3rd.
With this win, Sebastian Vettel ties the most consecutive wins at 9 with Alberto Ascari but was the first to do so in one season as Ascari’s was across two seasons. He also tied Schumacher’s amount of wins in a season at 13. I’m extremely impressed with Vettel. Not many drivers like him come around too often. I think he’s one of those rare drivers who come around once, maybe twice in a lifetime. Here’s to more seasons like this for him.
I’m sad to see Webber retire from Formula 1. He’s been in F1 for 11 years now (since I was eight years old!), so it’ll be kind of weird without him in the series. But don’t fret, Webber fans! He’ll still be behind the wheel of a car, just over in the World Endurance Challenge for Porsche.