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Vettel's victory ties two Formula One records

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Sebastian Vettel tied two Formula One records in winning Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, matching Alberto Ascari's nine consecutive wins and Michael Schumacher's record of 13 victories in a year.

Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second in his final F1 race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third.

Vettel, who clinched a fourth straight title last month, was overtaken by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes at the start but regained the lead on the second lap and cruised to his 39th win, 10.4 seconds in front of Webber.

"I think it is very difficult for me to realize, probably now and in the next couple of weeks, what we have achieved again, and in particular this year at the end of the season," Vettel said. "At the end of the day, as I see it now, it's just a number. But hopefully one day, when I've got less hair and (I'm) chubby, then it's probably something nice to look back (at)."

Vettel had already broken Schumacher's 2004 mark of seven straight wins in a season. Vettel, 26, is also the youngest driver with four world titles. Schumacher earned 13 wins in 2004; Ascari won nine in a row over two seasons, 1952-53.

Webber, 37, will drive sports cars for Porsche in 2014 after 12 seasons. He leaves F1 with nine wins in 215 starts.

"It was a good finish to my career," he said. "It was a great journey. I'll enjoy watching F1 next year."

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