Vettel imperious in maiden US GP victory

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Sebastian Vettel may have claimed many records and accolades across the course of his Formula One career, but today was a first. His win at the Circuit of the Americas was in fact his first in the United States, meaning that he has now won at all but one of the circuits on the current calendar.

The German driver led all but two laps in Austin after starting from pole position, and he also set the fastest lap of the race late on to chalk up his 38th career victory, leaving him just three behind Ayrton Senna’s tally of wins.

After crossing the line to claim his eighth straight victory, Vettel did not hide his emotions over the radio.

“Speechless. I’m speechless,” he said. “We have to remember these days… We have to remember these days, because there’s no guarantee they will last forever… Enjoy them as long as they last. I love you guys. We have an incredible team spirit – incredible. I’m so proud of you. I love you.”

NBC analyst Steve Matchett was full of praise for the quadruple world champion, saying: “He is metronomically perfect. Lap after lap… in a way, Sebastian Vettel is a part of the machine – the Red Bull machine, and it’s a fantastic thing to behold.” F1 pit reporter Will Buxton echoed his sentiments, calling Vettel “the best of his generation.”

Vettel enters the final round of the season looking to equal Alberto Ascari’s record of nine consecutive wins and Michael Schumacher’s feat of winning thirteen races in one year.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.