Friday, December 15, 2017
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Vettel runs F1 string to seven

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — World champion Sebastian Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of the season.

Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian Grand Prix last week, he pledged there would be no let-up. Starting second, Vettel overtook Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the first turn.

"Obviously, winning is very special," Vettel said. "Seven races in a row — every single one is tough."

He beat Webber by 30.8 seconds and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by 33.6 seconds.

Vettel has 37 career race wins and, with two races left, can match Michael Schumacher's single-season record of 13 wins in 2004, during which the German also won seven in a row. Schumacher also won 11 races in 2002.

Vettel can set a single-season record with eight straight at the U.S. Grand Prix in two weeks. Then, victory at the Brazilian GP a week later would match Alberto Ascari's overall record of nine straight, spanning the 1952-53 seasons.

"People see seven races, they don't see the challenge it takes every race to nail it," Vettel said. "We got everything right, pit stops, reliability."



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