Eighth straight win puts Vettel in history books

RED Bull's Sebastian Vettel drove his way into the Formula One history books after chalking up an eighth successive victory in a single season after winning the US Grand Prix in Austin yesterday.

After equalling German compatriot Michael Schumacher's 2004 feat a fortnight ago in Abu Dhabi, Vettel (pictured), who secured his fourth world title in India last month, made the record his own after taking the chequered flag 6.2 secs clear of Frenchman Romain Grosjean in a Lotus.

The win in Texas was the 38th of Vettel's career.

Vettel's Aussie teammate Mark Webber finished third in the penultimate race of his grand prix career, and last in America.

If Vettel wins the final race of the season in Brazil this weekend, the 26-year-old will equal Alberto Ascari's all-time record of nine straight wins set in 1952/53, and Schumacher's victory haul of 13 for one season.



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