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Vettel on Cloud Nine in misty Interlagos, Webber bows out of Formula One with Second

Sebastian Vettel completed a second-half rout of the 2013 Formula One season with a ninth successive victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos, Sao Paolo this afternoon. The German four-time World Champion recorded an all-time high 13 wins in a season, equaling the mark set by compatriot Michael Schumacher.

Much of the celebrations on the podium however were reserved for Mark Webber, who finished his decade-long Formula 1 career in style with second place for Red Bull Racing, in the process sealing third place in the World Drivers’ Championship. The Australian recovered from a slow start to rapidly make up the positions in the opening laps of the race.

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Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying: Super Sebastian demolishes opposition in the wet

Sebastian Vettel's unstoppable run of form continued even in highly changeable conditions at Interlagos this afternoon, the German world champion overshadowing the competition by six tenths of a second in the decisive final phase of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Red Bull Racing driver lines up on pole for the ninth occasion this season, bidding for win number 13 and a ninth on the trot in the season finale tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg made it an all-German front row for Mercedes, carrying forward the strong form that he had shown all weekend in the wet. Fernando Alonso was also impressive for Ferrari in third, while Mark Webber starts his final Formula 1 race in 4th.

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Vettel makes it Eight in a Row with Maiden US Grand Prix Victory

Sebastian Vettel eased to his 12th victory of the 2014 season at the Circuit of the Americas, winning the United States Grand Prix for Red Bull Racing this afternoon. In doing so, the German won a record 8th World Championship race in a row, underlining his dominance in the second half of this season.

Romain Grosjean’s opening lap move on Mark Webber effectively sealed the battle for 2nd place in the race, the Lotus driver equaling his career-best finish. Webber’s attempts to pass the Frenchman late in the afternoon were to no avail and the Australian had to settle for third in his penultimate Formula 1 outing.

The one-stop race was a straightforward affair, but did include several bold overtaking moves for position on the track, notably at the spectacular uphill Turn 1 and Turn 12 at the end of the long straight.

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United States Grand Prix Qualifying: Vettel pips Webber in dramatic Red Bull battle for pole

Sebastian Vettel netted an eighth pole position of the season for Red Bull Racing in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, narrowly edging out teammate Mark Webber. The World Champion, who is in line for a record eighth successive victory tomorrow, made up a lap-time deficit to the Australian in the final sector of his ultimate lap to steal the first position on the starting row.

The Red Bulls were in a league of their own, as the often have been in the latter half of the season. Coming in best-of-the-rest was Romain Grosjean in the Lotus, 6 tenths of a second down on the RB9s. The Frenchman will be joined by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber on the second row, the German putting in yet another strong performance to bolster his chances of a strong race seat in 2014.

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Kovalainen to replace Räikkönen till the end of the season

Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will join Lotus F1 Team for the final two races of the 2013 season as a stand-in for regular race driver Kimi Räikkönen, who is currently undergoing back surgery.

Heikki – a veteran of 109 Grand Prix starts – has previously driven for Renault F1 Team, McLaren, and Caterham F1 Team. Over the course of his six seasons in Formula 1 to date, Heikki has scored 105 World Championship points. He has qualified on the front row five times, taken one pole position at the 2008 British Grand Prix, achieved two fastest laps and finished on the podium four times; including victory at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Kevin Magnussen announced as McLaren Formula 1 race driver for 2014

McLaren is pleased to announce that Kevin Magnussen will join Jenson Button as a McLaren Formula 1 race driver for 2014 – Jenson’s fifth year and Kevin’s first year as McLaren Formula 1 race drivers.

As McLaren gears up for the new Formula 1 season, which will see motorsport's premier league embrace considerable technical change as it embarks on a new era, using 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and a more dynamic energy recovery and deployment system, 33-year-old Jenson’s lengthy Formula 1 experience and brilliant technical understanding will be very important assets as the team starts its 2014 challenge, backed by the talent, promise and enthusiasm of his 21-year-old team-mate Kevin, who recently won this year's World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship in fine style.

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Faultless Vettel steamrolls opposition as Red Bull net Abu Dhabi 1-2

Sebastian Vettel continued his astonishing purple patch of form for Red Bull Racing, capturing his third Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory at the Yas Marina circuit this evening.

The German beat his teammate Mark Webber to the first corner at the start and never looked back from there, leading every lap of the race to clinch a 7th straight victory and equaling the in-season run-length record of Michael Schumacher.

Webber brought the car home in second in what was Red Bull Racing’s hundredth podium finish in Formula 1. He stayed ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg following a race-long battle precipitated by Rosberg’s lightning quick start, which enable him to jump the Aussie at Turn 1.

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