A massive crowd of 113,162 race fans watched Formula 1™ racing’s new driving powerhouse, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, make history, as the 2013 World Champion driver scored his eighth consecutive Grand Prix victory at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).
In doing so, the 26-year-old German wunderkind topped the record of seven consecutive wins set by his racing idol, Michael Schumacher, who retired after the 2012 season.
Vettel has claimed 12 races so far in 2013 and can extend his winning streak to nine if all goes well in next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, the final race of the season.
Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean claimed the second spot on the podium, while Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber, took third. Red Bull took home the constructor’s trophy for the race, having already secured the Constructor’s World Championship title two races ago in India.
Three-day attendance for the Circuit of The Americas second Formula 1 Grand Prix was 250,324, with 58,276 fans attending Friday’s practice sessions and 78,886 turning out for Saturday’s qualifying rounds.
President and CEO of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone stopped to visit with Jetset Magazine during practice on Saturday at Circuit of The Americas.
Matt LeBlanc (an avid F1 fan) with Bernie Ecclestone autographed copy of Jetset Magazine. This was Matt’s 2nd year attending The USGP
Approximately 225,000 visitors took part in the festive street party covering 12 blocks of downtown Austin known as Fan Fest. Guests enjoyed an impressive array of experiential exhibits, racing games and simulators, and exciting rides and kids’ activities, while sampling Austin’s culinary scene and live music from six stages.