GREATER NOIDA, India — One day, Sebastian Vettel says this will all sink in. Right now, he's too young to appreciate his fourth straight Formula One title.
The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole Sunday, becoming the third driver to win four consecutive F1 titles, joining Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Michael Schumacher (seven). Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years.
"I'm way too young to understand what it means," he said. "I might be 60 one day, maybe then I will understand."
The German has won 10 races this season, including the past six. This time, he finished almost 30 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.
"You've won it in style," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Vettel on the radio. "Brilliant stuff. You've joined the greats."
Vettel performed donuts on the track before climbing from his car, acknowledging the crowd and kneeling with his head bowed. He then climbed the pit lane fence to embrace his team. Vettel was reprimanded and Red Bull fined $34,500 by race stewards for the exuberant display.
"Today is the day to congratulate (Vettel) and for him to enjoy the championship," said Fernando Alonso, who finished 11th and is 115 points behind Vettel in second in the standings with three races remaining.
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