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By John Duarte     Nov 25, 2013 in Sports
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Sebastian Vettel will tell you that he needs some rest and relaxation after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix to close out the 2013 Formula 1 season. Vettel will also be the first to tell you that he kind of wishes it wasn't over.
“I'm actually quite sad that this season comes to an end,” the 2013 world champion said. “To win every race (since the summer break) is unbelievable. The car has been phenomenal and has been getting better in every race.”
Vettel has been a machine in 2013, especially during the final part of the season. The win at the Brazilian Grand Prix was his ninth in a row. He finished fourth or better in 18 of 19 races in 2013 and matched F1 legend Michael Schumacher record of 13 wins in a single season. He didn't lose a race since Aug. 25 to surpass Schumacher's seven straight wins in a season. The run of nine wins in a row also equals the F1 record for consecutive race wins set by Alberto Ascari in 1952 and 1953. Vettel acknowledged that it's hard to compare his accomplishment this year to a record set 60 years ago.
“You really can't compare it. It's a completely different time,” he said. “In the '50s, the races were much longer and there we a lot of things that were breaking down a lot more than nowadays, when reliability is exceptional for everyone.”
He added it may take some time for it all to sink in.
“It's very difficult for me to realize, probably now and in the next couple of week, what we have achieved again and, in particular, this year at the end of the season,” Vettel said. “At the end of the day, as I see it now, it's just a number. But, hopefully one day, when I've got less hair and (gotten a little bit) chubby, then it's probably something nice to look back to.”
The 26-year-old German clinched this year's Formula 1 championship a month ago, in India, adding the record for youngest driver to win four world titles to his already impressive resume.
The end of the 2013 season brings about a number of changes. The 65th season of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Formula One World Championship will feature a record-breaking 22 races. The 2014 calendar opens in Australia, on March 16, and ends in Brazil, on Nov. 30. There will be four new events on the schedule; a second race in the United States (June 1), Austria (June 22), Russia (Oct. 5) and Mexico (Nov. 16). The Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2014 calendar and will return to the schedule as one of the opening rounds in 2015.
There will also be a number of rule changes affecting grand-prix cars, the biggest of which will be the engine configuration. A new 1.6-litre, turbocharged, V6 engine with energy-recovery system (KERS) replaces the currently used 2.4-litre, V8 engine.
There are changes ahead for Vettel as well. Next season will see him paired up with a new teammate. Daniel Ricciardo moves over from Scuderia Toro Rosso to replace Mark Webber, who is leaving Formula 1 to drive for Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Vettel wished Webber luck even though the two didn't always see eye-to-eye.
“We've been teammates a very, very long time,” Vettel said. “We didn't have the best of relationships, but I think we always had tremendous respect for each other.”
The world champion said he is going to try to relax for the next month or so, but would like to ride the momentum into the 2014 Formula 1 season.
“Potentially, you start a week or two earlier in January, to prepare the tests a little bit more,” said Vettel. “Equally, you can't prepare so much because you need to wait for the first day on the track to know and see where we are.”
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