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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of Switzerland, second right, pulls into second place next to Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia as Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the start of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field as the make the first turn at the start of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany races during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • The Formula One field heads towards the second turn at the start of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil makes his way to the first turn during the qualifying session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field during a yellow flag on the course during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • McLaren Mercedes driver Sergio Perez of Mexico leaves the pits after a stop during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain races during the qualifying session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of Switzerland, left, pulls into second place next to Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia as Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the start of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico races during qualifying for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives through the pits after a stop during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany races during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany races past the grand stand during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of Switzerland pumps his fist following his second place finish in the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany holds up eight fingers after winning his eighth race of the season following his win at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Second place finisher Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of Switzerland, left and second place finisher Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia watch as winner Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses his trophy after the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, left, of Switzerland wears a cowboy hat during a press conference with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany following the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Vettel was first and Grosjean finished second. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Tim Jones, center, from El Paso, Texas, takes photographs of an early race before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil walks ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany as they make their way past the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Baltazar Gomez, from Austin, Texas, waits for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of Switzerland walks past the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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An estimated 113,162 racing fans joined 20 drivers as the only ones perspiring at Austin's Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, as the recently untouchable Sebastian Vettel seemed to hardly break a sweat as he raced to win the 2013 US Grand Prix. In doing so, the 26-year-old German secured his place in motorsports history with his eighth-consecutive Formula One win, pushing him ahead of racing legend Michael Schumacher, his personal hero, who had been holding the title with seven consecutive victories.

The otherwise unremarkable racing weekend started on Saturday when Infiniti Red Bull Racing secured both the pole (Sebastian Vettel) and second starting position (Mark Webber) for the upcoming main event. While qualifying appeared to be going in Webber's favor, teammate Vettel took the lead spot in the final seconds of the session. Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top five, respectively.



Race day on Sunday morning opened with comfortable temperatures under a nice cloud cover, but the overcast disappeared and the warm Texas sun had brought temperatures into the mid-80s by the start of the main event. The crowds filled the picture-perfect venue, enjoying the friendly hospitality of the local hosts and the smiling Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders who seemed to dominate the pre-race festivities. Unfortunately, the subsequent race would be anything but exciting.

The start was clean, with 22 cars racing up the track's signature 133-foot-tall hill towards Turn 1 (pictured above), a challenging left-hander that sets the open-wheelers up to drop down its backside (pictured below). When the dust had cleared, a lousy start by Webber had left him in fourth, behind Grosjean and Hamilton. Vettel was cleanly out in first.



While the Red Bull car was leading the racers up front in clean air, things were happening in the crowded pack. The grid had made it around the tricky first corner without incident, but a few turns later, Force India's Adrian Sutil bumped tires with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez. The initial impact didn't take either driver out, but Sutil was sent careening nose-first into a wall where his day came to a disappointing and immediate end. Thankfully, he climbed out of his car unhurt.

The first lap incident would be the only time the yellow appeared during the race, as the remainder of the event ran under green with the Teflon-coated Vettel leading the pack around the 3.42-mile road course with unvaried precision. He gave up the lead only briefly, to Grosjean, when he pitted to switch from medium to hard Pirelli P-Zero slicks. Other than that, the only things getting close to Vettel were the bugs being smashed on his face shield.



Fans were a bit disappointed with the lack of leader change, so they were left to focus on the rest of the pack. Webber eventually passed Hamilton to secure third, and Ferrari star Fernando Alonso picked off Hulkenberg to finish fifth overall. Grosjean kept his eyes on Vettel's rear splitter, and didn't take them off, to earn second comfortably.

At the checker, Vettel had finished the 56-lap race with more than a six-second lead, and he had secured the quickest lap of the day (1:39.856) in the process. The German earned more points this weekend, but his name on the Driver Championship trophy and Infiniti Red Bull Racing on the Constructor's title have already long been secured.



As a few thousand fans on the post-race "track walk" scavenged for souvenirs like kids collecting shells in a tide pool, the teams were already packing for the season's last race that will be held in Brazil next weekend. Let's hopd South America can spice things up.


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      Mercennarius
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was there and contrary to the title of the article it was very exciting! Circuit of the Americas is an awesome track and watching Vettels incredible speed in and out of every corner was just awesome. He's an incredible driver that is honestly under rated. Plus his donuts at the end made him anything but "boring"....
        HH112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercennarius
        To add to, Vettel being fun to watch: at the parade lap before the race he asked the driver of his Shelby Cobra to move over so he could drive the car. Between turn 19 and 20 he gunned it.
        HH112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercennarius
        I was there as well and completely agree with you. Also watching Vettels fighting tears as he was stood on the podium during the national anthem realizing that he had just broken his childhood heros record was very cool.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercennarius
        Yes to everything you say... but a good "race" is defined by leader changes and how a team responds to unexpected incidents (accidents, yellows, weather, etc...). I didn't want to see a Vettel time trial. - Mike
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will first say Vettel has been doing a fine job racing, can't fault him for that.. On the other side, the first half of the season was great to watch, the second half.. I don't even finish watching the races anymore.. Hoping for a change in 2014, besides whats under the hood..guess its not technically a hood in F1 :)
      Dart
      • 1 Year Ago
      113k people? That is a far cry from the 300K the F1 page was advertising. I contemplated going, but tickets were crazy expensive. $500 for a reserve seat? $129 for general admission (grass seating) for race day only! I attended the Aussie Supercar race at COTA and got my 3 day pass for $109...and that was fun, hard racing!!
        CanAm424
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        113k for race day, 300k for the weekend. Although that is a bit high. The actual weekend is closer to 250k.
      ChrisD
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least when Schumacher was "the Man" its was interesting, Vettel is just not fun to watch.
      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually a boring non-competive season. Lets hope 2014 is more competitive and the ban on traction management systems gets enforced.
      IOWNSPORTSCARS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only Boring if you know nothing about racing
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IOWNSPORTSCARS
        I been following F1 since 1973 and and avid F1 fan but this was one most boring races of the year
      zackwatt
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was great to see V8 Supercars there in March! The racing was anything but boring. It's a shame they won't be back next year...
      JonathonW8
      • 1 Year Ago
      A boring race, a boring race, were you there? Yeah it might have been boring from your home, but there, at the track, it was phenomenal. We know Seb is going to win, but who cares, Grosjean put up a fight worthy of the history books fending off Webber for most of the race! A boring race, go to COTA and sit on turn 1, and then say boring.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JonathonW8
        I was there too. I enjoyed the crowds, venue and Austin... but the race... meh. - Mike
          Echelon Bob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          I was at the race as well. The race truly wasn't the most exciting. We left our seats to walk around for different views and stopped keeping track of the action... because there wasn't any.
      Robert H Jacob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Occasionally F1 races are exciting - but not very often. Most of the time I only watch the 3 stages of qualification - then I skip the boring race.
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      unfortunately Tilke designed tracks tend to make for boring races
        HH112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stevenh
        The track is not boring at all. It has some very technical sections. Tilke is the best there is! It is the safety and runout zones which are ridiculous. There is absolutely no punishment for running wide or cutting a corner. Fill the runout zones in with gravel and up the curb hight and we are in for a real treat at this track.
      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the F1 fans must have been in the NASCAR threads saying F1 is so much better because they "only turn left" in NASCAR?
      rubley00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another boring race, glad I have a DVR so I can watch it at 3x speed
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