Sebastian Vettel, who capture his fourth straight Formula One world title last month, set another record on Sunday by winning the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The win was the eighth consecutive victory for the 26-year-old German, breaking the record previously held by Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari.
Romain Grosjean finished in the race in second. Mark Webber, who is retiring after this season and is a teammate of Vettel’s, finished in third.
Red Bull’s Christian Horner told reporters that Vettel was emotional when the race concluded:
He was pretty emotional at the end of the race because he’d beaten the record of one of his idols [Schumacher]. It seemed unlikely that kind of record would be beaten. To win eight consecutive races, to have won every race since July, is mind blowing, especially when you consider the quality of opposition we’re up against it (The Guardian).
Vettel himself was overjoyed:
I’m speechless. We have to remember these days. There’s no guarantee they will last. I love this team. Incredible, I love you guys.
The win was the 12th of the season for Vettel. If he’s able to emerge victorious at the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend, Vettel will tie Schumacher’s 2004 record of 13 wins in a year.
[Source: The Guardian]