Vettel: It felt like I was flying at the front

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Sebastian Vettel has said that his pace at the front during today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came as something of a surprise, explaining that he felt like he was “flying” at times as he waltzed to his seventh consecutive victory.

Vettel’s success sees him tie with Michael Schumacher for the most number of consecutive wins during a single season, but he admitted that he did not expect to be so far ahead of the rest of the field. Eventually, the German driver crossed the line over half a minute ahead of second-placed Mark Webber.

“The car was absolutely brilliant,” Vettel said. “Absolutely brilliant. Not much more to say. I was flying at some stages, at least it felt like it. Massive gaps, big surprise.”

The four-time world champion went on to thank his team and engine suppliers Renault, who scored their fiftieth win with their current configuration of engine, the RS27.

“Thanks to the team, thanks to Renault as well,” Vettel said. “A lot of our success is also down to them. They’re doing a very, very good job and I hope that next year we’ll have an engine that’s as powerful and as reliable as this year’s.”

For all of his records, Vettel will head to the United States Grand Prix in two weeks looking to win the event for the first time. It stands as one of just two events on the 2013 calendar that he is yet to win, with the other being the Hungarian Grand Prix. Given his current vein of form, it is difficult to see the German driver easing off any time soon.

Watch Vettel and Andretti: One on One.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.