Three hours after the race…

Brazil 13 cover

Sebastian Vettel equalled Alberto Ascari’s record on consecutive victories in Formula 1, with his ninth win in a row at Interlagos. It was not without drama and tension but Vettel seemed to be in control throughout. Mark Webber finished a popular second in his last F1 race, while Fernando Alonso gave the red team’s fans something to cheer about after a pretty miserable season.

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We all look back at Mark Webber’s career and how we have enjoyed working with him.
We interview Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull’s new rising star
We ask Christian Horner if he is really going to take over from Bernie
We take a look back the GP3 season
We look at the fitness required to be an F1 driver
And we remember the Martini F1 team
DT enthuses about Interlagos and JS suggests that we should all go racing in the West Indies…

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15 thoughts on “Three hours after the race…

  1. Joe, I am sure I am not the only one who would enjoy a blog post on the 2014 driver market. Seems a lot happened in Brazil!

  2. The articles about Mark Webber are superb. Just mentioned this to my wife, because she is a Webber fan.

    Thanks Joe et al.

    And Button drove superbly – wholeheartedly agree.

  3. Four tributes to one retiring driver in the same issue… would have been too much for anyone except Mark! Very special seeing him doff his helmet and gloves on the cooling-off lap — that must have made the dogs jealous! Any nominees for his successor as the grown-up on the F1 grid?

  4. Joe, congratulations on your 25 year streak, long may it continue. From my spot in front of the TV, this race really felt like (and truly was) the end of an era.

  5. I’m sure I speak for all of your readers Joe, when I say thanks for another season of reporting the facts and sifting through the BS. This site is the first thing I read in the morning.

  6. I’ll point out something here about Ascari’s nine consecutive wins… Ascari won the last six races in 1952, then the first, third and fourth races in 1953. The second race of 1953 season was the Indianapolis 500 which Ascari didn’t enter (he did run the 1952 500). The Indianapolis 500 was a legitimate round in the Championship from 1950-1950 although there was very little crossover of drivers. Of course, the formulas were completely different, but still, the 500 was a part of the Championship back then.

    I suppose that technically, Ascari’s record should read “nine consecutive wins in races entered”. Again, technically, it would be the same thing if Vettel had skipped Brazil altogether and then won the first race of 2014 to achieve his nine consecutive wins…

    1. The Indy 500 was part of the championship in name only. The rules were different. Of course, you can argue Sebastian has or has not broken a record, but the most logical read is that he and Ascari are now equal.

  7. Thanks Joe and David for another great year of the mag! Been reading since the beginning it’s quite the back collection now (finally one that dosen’t take up any space!) Hopefully Bernie sets a 52 race calendar next year so I get more issues 🙂

  8. Farwell Mark Webber, the very last of the ‘Old School’,
    more suited to a manual gearbox, clutch pedal and no power steering,
    unlike the Playstation generation we have today…

  9. Thank you for the articles about Webber. I knew he was a good guy, but he is even better a man than I believed.
    The atmosphere in the waiting area before they go onto the podium was very uncomfortable. Is it really that bad? Based on what was written about Mark’s character I can guess he is very disappointed in Horner.
    I really appreciated him taking off his helmet so folks could see “a face” behind the wheel.
    Enjoy your break from traveling so much. You’ve earned it!

    1. The moment when Webber arrived “backstage” just gave such an insight into the personal relationships at Red Bull.

      Horner and Vettel having their love-in to one side while Alonso gets a drink, Mark walks in and immediately starts chatting to Alonso, Horner turns to Webber but doesn’t want to interrupt – this perfect little vignette of Webber clearly having a closer relationship with a driver from a rival team than he does with his own team-mate and his own boss.

      1. Yes it was very noticeable as was Christian’s awkward body language,
        although Horner should not take the blame for the friction at Red Bull,
        that honour lies with the Doctor…

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