Sebestian Vettel has won the Indian Grand Prix for a record-equaling 4th successive world title.
The 26-year-old German has joined compatriot Michael Schumacher and Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio as the only men to achieve that feat by wrapping up the 2013 championship with three rounds still remaining.
Only two-time champion Fernando Alonso could have denied him the title, but the Spaniard finished back in 11th in his Ferrari.
Nico Rosberg finished a distant second for Mercedes with Romain Grosjean completing the podium places in third after Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber saw his race ended on lap 40 of 60 by an alternator problem.
This did not prevent Red Bull from clinching their fourth straight constructors’ title on a day of double triumph for the UK-based team.
Vettel was winning his sixth straight Grand Prix, his seventh in eighth races in a run which has seen him pull clear of his fellow title contenders.
“To be able to join people such as Michael (Schumacher) and Fangio is unbelievable,” said Vettel as he celebrated his victory.
“I’m overwhelmed, one of the best days of my life,” he added.