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.