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Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel barely broke a sweat as he started from the pole and led virtually the entire 56-lap race on his way to setting a new Formula 1™ record for consecutive wins, with eight in row. His unprecedented winning streak began on Aug. 25, when he took the checkered flag at the Belgium Grand Prix. That was followed by wins in Italy, Singapore, Korea, Japan, India and Abu Dhabi. He celebrated by doing “doughnuts” on the track, to the delight of the crowd, just as he had two weeks ago when he secured the 2013 Driver’s Championship – his fourth in a row – following the win in India.
A massive crowd of 113,162 race fans watched Formula 1™ racing’s new driving powerhouse, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, make history, as the 2013 World Champion driver scored his eighth consecutive Grand Prix victory at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). In doing so, the 26-year-old German wunderkind topped the record of seven consecutive wins set by his racing idol, Michael Schumacher, who retired after the 2012 season. Three-day attendance for COTA’s second Formula 1 Grand Prix was 250,324, with 58,276 fans attending Friday’s practice sessions and 78,886 turning out for Saturday’s qualifying rounds.
AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 16, 2013) – Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate his Formula 1™ racing rivals by taking the pole for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, while 78,886 fans soaked up the warm temperatures and hot competition at Circuit of The Americas. The young German driver, who has already claimed the Formula One™ World Champion drivers’ title for the 2013 season, turned in a sizzling lap time of 1:36.338 to claim pole position for the Nov. 17 Austin Grand Prix. Vettel and his support team were clearly enjoying the qualifying rounds. At one point, one of his engineers used the phrase “shake-and-bake” over the radio—a reference to the character of “Ricky Bobby” in the popular American motorsports comedy Talladega Nights.
In what has become commonplace at Grand Prix race practice sessions in recent years, the No. 1 and No. 2 Red Bull cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished one-two in Friday afternoon’s Formula 1™ practice session at Circuit of The Americas. Vettel was clocked rounding the 20-turn track in just 1:37.305, Webber at 1:37.420.
With just one week to go until Formula 1™ teams and drivers descend on Austin, Texas, to prepare for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, Circuit of The Americas’ F1™ correspondent Dan Knutson caught up with the men who will compete for fortune and glory at the United States new home for premier motorsports and entertainment. Here’s what some of them had to say about last year’s inaugural race, the city of Austin, and about heading back to Texas for this year’s F1 USGP.
Circuit of The Americas’ official ambassador Mario Andretti talks one-on-one with four-time Formula One World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing during a 30-minute interview special set to air on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 6 a.m. CT. The sports special will air right before NBCSN’s live coverage of the 2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi Nov. 3 at 6:30 a.m. CT. (Be sure to check local TV listings for times and channels.)
The 2013 FIA Formula 1™ World Championship kicks off with the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX in Melbourne on Sunday, March 17, and drivers, teams and fans are already eagerly anticipating returning to Austin, Texas, for the second annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Nov. 15-17 at the Circuit of The Americas. Circuit correspondent Dan Knutson caught up drivers prepping for the 2013 competition during preseason testing in Barcelona, Spain. “I am massively excited to go back there!” exclaimed Lewis Hamilton who won last year’s inaugural event. “The race we had last year is one that I will always remember. I will make sure I go back there this year and put the (U.S.) flag back on my helmet, and hope that the car is developed to the point that we can challenge some of the guys at the front.”
Circuit of The Americas today entered the record books as the first purpose-built Formula 1™ racetrack in the country to host its own Grand Prix. An exuberant crowd of 117,429 packed the new 330-acre facility to watch Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claim his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his second United States Grand Prix victory in five years having won the 2007 Formula 1™ race last hosted in Indianapolis. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, current points leader in the drivers’ standings, was second with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. McLaren was awarded the constructor’s trophy for Austin’s inaugural event. Hamilton’s victory means the driver’s title won’t be decided until the season’s final race in Saὀ Paulo, Brazil, next weekend, while Red Bull sealed the deal by winning the 2012 constructors' title based on the overall standings at the end of the Austin race.
Circuit of The Americas will host the traditional Formula 1 Drivers' Parade with a truly American twist. Each of the 24 drivers will take a parade lap in a classic American car from the 1960s or 1970s. Download the attachment to check out the iconic cars in which your favorite driver will be riding!