Top five stats from the Indian Grand Prix

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The Indian Grand Prix was all about milestone accomplishments – and one very significant one in particular. Here are the top five stats from the race.

IVettel

Sebastian Vettel became the fourth driver in F1 history to win four world championships in a row, and is by far the youngest driver ever to do it.

At 26 years and 123 days, Vettel is over six years younger than Michael Schumacher was at the time of his fourth title win in 2001.

Unstoppabull

Red Bull matched their driver’s feat by clinching the constructors’ championship for the fourth year running – a remarkable feat for a team which is only in its ninth year of competition.

Ferrari tie McLaren

It wasn’t all about Red Bull. Ferrari have matched McLaren’s record for scoring points in 64 consecutive races and can beat it at Abu Dhabi this weekend. The last race they left empty-handed was the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Grosjean’s attack from the back

Romain Grosjean gained 14 places to finish on the podium for the third race in a row. That’s the most places any driver has made up during a race this year.

20 countries decide the title

India became the 20th different nation to host the rice which decided the outcome of the drivers championship.

The United States has held the title-decider a total of six times at Sebring (once), Las Vegas (twice) and Watkins Glen (three times). Only two countries have hosted more: Japan (13) and Italy (11).

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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”