Vettel equals record for most consecutive wins in F1

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Sebastian Vettel has equalled a sixty-year record for the most consecutive wins in Formula One by winning today’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos with a fine display in damp conditions.

The German driver has gone undefeated since the end of August when his streak started with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Since then, no other driver has won a race, meaning that he will head to next year’s Australian Grand Prix with a winning record that has lasted for over six months.

By winning nine races in a row, Vettel ties with Alberto Ascari who set the record across two seasons in 1952 and 1953. However, this record is debated as the Indy 500 – previously a race in the Formula One world championship – is not included in this record as Ascari did not take part. Nevertheless, it is an amazing record for both drivers to boast, but Vettel’s is particularly special given the era in which it has been set. Vettel does however become the first driver to win nine consecutive races within a single season.

He also equals the record for the most wins within a single season, matching Michael Schumacher’s tally of thirteen from 2004 when his compatriot won his seventh and final world championship with Ferrari.

For Vettel to be spoken about in the same sense as these names is testament to his achievements in his relatively short career. He will now be chasing an unprecedented tenth consecutive victory at the opening race of the 2014 F1 season in Australia.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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