Sebastian Vettel sets a new Formula 1 record with his ninth consecutive race victory at Interlagos.
Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber waves goodbye from the championship with second position at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
As for Fernando Alonso, the Ferrari driver gave chase to the Red Bulls throughout the race but the end result was a podium.
The threat of rain showers did not played a major factor during the race and even thought it wasn’t a straightforward victory for Vettel, the four-time world champion still had to do some overtaking plus recover from a pit-stop drama.
Vettel had lost the lead at the start as both Nico Rosberg and Alonso got away better off the grid.
Rosberg led out of the Senna S, but Alonso ran out of space and lost momentum to Lewis Hamilton.
And yet, both Mercedes were overtaken at the end of lap one though, with Vettel easily reclaiming his usual number one spot from Rosberg as Alonso passed Hamilton.
Webber, who had won the opening lap battle with Felipe Massa, quickly followed Alonso past Hamilton, with both soon overtaking Rosberg as well.
Alonso put up a fight against Webber and did not lose second position until lap 13. He then regained it when the Red Bull had an issue on its right-rear wheel at the first pitstops, but Webber only needed two laps to catch and re-pass the Ferrari.
Although Webber was able to chip away at his team-mate lead, the world champion was always able to respond.
Vettel’s big lead turned out to be crucial as both Red Bulls made simultaneous final pitstops – to the surprise of a crew prepared for Webber, not Vettel.
That halved Vettel’s advantage to six seconds, and the lead battle then threatened to come truly alive as rain appeared with both Webber and Alonso started closing in.
In the event, the thick dark clouds refrained from opening during the final laps, and the top trio spread out again, allowing Vettel to take a record-equalling thirteenth win of the year.
With Rosberg dropping back through the field, Hamilton and Massa began battling for fourth until both hit trouble.
Massa was left furious by a drive-through penalty for crossing the pit entry line, while Hamilton tangled with Valtteri Bottas as the Williams driver moved to un-lap himself into the Descida do Lago.
With Bottas crashing into retirement, Hamilton picked up a puncture and was given a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.
Those dramas played a part to McLaren’s best result during its painful 2013 season, though Jenson Button and Sergio Perez’s progress from P14 and P19 on the grid to fourth and sixth was mainly down to excellent race pace. The duo finished in between Rosberg at the chequered flag.
Massa and Hamilton recovered to seventh and ninth, split by the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg.
Daniel Ricciardo gave Toro Rosso the final championship point in his last appearance before leaving for Red Bull Racing, holding Paul di Resta, Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil off.
As for Lotus, after a promising season the team came to a miserable end. Romain Grosjean suffered a massive engine failure while running eighth, while Heikki Kovalainen was outside the points again in P14 having fallen to P18 on the opening lap.
Marussia beat Caterham in the constructors’ championship’s tail-end battle for the first time.
Caterham had been the quicker of the pair at Interlagos, but Giedo van der Garde was penalised for ignoring blue flags and Charles Pic had a late suspension failure, meaning Jules Bianchi gave Marussia the ‘win’ in the race day battle too.
So a fantastic achievement by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing. Victorious once again this season with eight consecutive wins and taking the Formula 1 championship for the fourth successive time with 13 victories in total.
Next year will be fascinating as new rules are set to shake up the order but can the world champion’s continue that winning formula? It’s going to be interesting to see how their rivals will do to beat them.
Brazilian Grand Prix, race results after 71 laps:
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h32:36.300
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault +10.452
3. Alonso Ferrari +18.9
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes +37.3
5. Rosberg Mercedes +39.0
6. Perez McLaren-Mercedes +44.0
7. Massa Ferrari +49.1
8. Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +1:04.2
9. Hamilton Mercedes +1:12.9
10. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
11. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
12. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
14. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault +1 lap
15. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
16. Maldonado Williams-Renault +1 lap
17. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps
18. van der Garde Caterham-Renault +2 laps
19. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps
Fastest lap: Webber, 1:15.436
Pic Caterham-Renault 59 laps
Bottas Williams-Renault 46 laps
Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3 laps
World Championship standings, round 19:
1. Vettel 397
2. Alonso 242
3. Webber 199
4. Hamilton 189
5. Raikkonen 183
6. Rosberg 171
7. Grosjean 132
8. Massa 112
9. Button 73
10. Hulkenberg 51
11. Perez 49
12. Di Resta 48
13. Sutil 29
14. Ricciardo 20
15. Vergne 13
16. Gutierrez 6
17. Bottas 4
18. Maldonado 1
1. Red Bull-Renault 596
2. Mercedes 360
3. Ferrari 354
4. Lotus-Renault 315
5. McLaren-Mercedes 122
6. Force India-Mercedes 77
7. Sauber-Ferrari 57
8. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 33
9. Williams-Renault 5