Felipe Massa enjoyed one of his best races of the season in India, eventually finishing fourth after looking at one point like he may end up on the podium.
Sebastian Vettel made his emotions clear by performing donuts in front of the grandstand after his victory in the Indian GP finally confirmed him as World Champion for the fourth time.
Vettel joins Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher in the elite group of drivers who have won four or more titles, and only the latter pair have won four in a row.
After his win he spoke at length about his feelings.
Sebastian Vettel has been given a reprimand by the FIA after his tire smoking donut display after the Indian GP.
Officially, it was for failing to proceed straight to parc ferme after the checkered flag ‘without unnecessary delay.’
In addition, Red Bull Racing was fined €25,000 ($34,517.51) for failing to sufficiently ensure by radio that he went to parc ferme.
One day, Sebastian Vettel says this will all sink in. Right now, he’s still too young to appreciate his fourth straight Formula One championship.
The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole Sunday with a clinical ride. He became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years.
“I’m way too young to understand what it means,” he said. “I might be 60 one day, maybe then I will understand, but nobody cares anymore. I care. It’s difficult to realize something that nobody can take away from you.”
An upbeat Fernando Alonso says Ferrari managed to get the maximum out of his car this season, despite Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel racing away toward the drivers’ title.
“This season was fantastic for me again,” Alonso said Saturday after managing just eighth in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix. “If I look at the classification, to have 107 points, my teammate (Felipe Massa) having a very good season like this one at 90 points, I think we struck the maximum from the car we have.”