Sebastian Vettel: The loneliness of the F1 champion

Published 1735 GMT (0135 HKT) November 27, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel has got used to having the open road between his Red Bull and his rivals in the 2013 season. He has won 13 of the 19 races up for grabs. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Vettel has spent the second half of the 2013 Formula One season as a lone racer, winning all the races from Belgium to Brazil. He has set a new record for consecutive wins in a single season and equaled the record for nine straight wins over two seasons. Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Vettel's speed in 2013 saw him pick up the DHL Fastest Lap Award. The Red Bull racer set the fastest lap during the races seven times during the season -- and for the German every record counts. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images
The four time world champion literally sailed off into the sunset at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning the twilight race by a huge 30.8 seconds. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images
Not everyone has been so happy about Vettel's dominace. The German was booed on the podium after another dominant victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (left) says Vettel has been able to cruise to wins this season but he is one of several top drivers aiming to stop the German's era of dominance when new rules changes shake up the sport in 2014. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images