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Vettel wins U.S. Grand Prix, stretches winning streak to eight

AUSTIN, Texas — Sebastian Vettel climbed out of his Red Bull car, pumped his right fist then held up eight fingers, one for each of his consecutive victories.

Formula One's baby-faced dominator just keeps on rolling.

The four-time world champion easily won the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday, setting an F1 season record with his eighth straight victory behind another blistering drive.

"Incredible. It's one of those (records) you never expect to be beaten," the German said.

Vettel started from the pole after edging teammate Mark Webber on Saturday, and the No. 1 spot proved important. Vettel's trademark quick start got him through the critical first turn ahead of the traffic and his lead was never threatened.

Lotus' Romain Grosjean of France was second, his best finish of the year. Webber was third.

Vettel charges into next weekend's finale in Brazil with a chance to tie Michael Schumacher's Formula One record of 13 victories in a season, set in 2004.

Vettel is one from the overall record for consecutive victories at nine. Alberto Ascari won the final six F1 races in 1952 and the first three of 1953.

Webber, frustrated at losing the pole, had a terrible start from No. 2. Grosjean and Mercedes' Hamilton both nosed ahead and pushed him into fourth barely seconds into the race.

"(Saturday) is when the victory was made easy for Seb," Webber said. Webber, 37, will bid farewell to the series in Brazil after 12 years.

Vettel wins U.S. Grand Prix, stretches winning streak to eight 11/17/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 11:34pm]
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