Vettel is world champion

Sebastian Vettel has been crowned world champion for the fourth time, having secured a first place in a flawless race leading pretty much from start to finish.

From the BBC: The German drove a superlative race to secure his sixth consecutive victory this season and become only the fourth man in history to win four titles.

Vettel joins legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.

The victory keeps him on target to equal the all-time record of nine consecutive F1 world championship wins.

Vettel only needed a fifth place to be absolutely sure of the title no matter what his only remaining rival Fernando Alonso did, while the Spaniard needed to finish in the top two to have any chance of taking the championship to the next race in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

Results from India are as follows:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 60 laps 
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes + 29.8s
3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault + 39.8s
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari + 41.6s
5. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes + 43.8s
6. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes + 52.4s
7. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Lotus-Renault + 67.9s
8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes + 72.8s
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes + 74.7s
10. Daniel Ricciardo Australia STR-Ferrari + 76.2s

11. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari + 78.2s
12. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault + 78.9s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne France STR-Ferrari + 1 lap
14. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap
15. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
16. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault + 1 lap
17. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps
18. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps
19. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari + 6 laps

Rtd Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault Alternator after 39 laps completed
Rtd Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault Mechanical after 35 laps completed
Rtd Giedo van der Garde Netherlands Caterham-Renault Suspension after 1 laps completed


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