Sebastian Vettel Wins 2018 Championship in Final Race


163Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes59.331
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd59.430
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd59.761
462Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes59.807
527Nathan McKaneFerrari1:00.031
621Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:00.228
75Valtteri BottasWilliams-Ferrari1:00.312
829Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:00.351
928Romain GrosjeanFerrari1:00.385
1091Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:00.499
1190Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:00.708
1231Rhys DaviesHolden1:00.742
1330Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd1:00.745
1499Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes1:00.853
1522Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd1:01.060
1632Daniel MelroseHolden1:01.265
1798Salvatore MiccoliDGN-Mercedes1:01.333
1842Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari1:01.386
1956João Paulo de OliveiraMansell-Mercedes1:01.688
2043Sébastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari1:01.788
216Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari1:01.866
2212Scott DixonFlanders-Holden1:01.988
2366Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes1:02.012
2455Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:02.108
2567Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes1:02.142
2611Carlos Sainz JrFlanders-Holden1:02.180

* demoted five places for changing engine/gearbox


Sebastian Vettel defends his world championship with a sensible drive.

A thrilling world championship went down to the wire, after 37 races, we had two drivers who could etch their names into history forever. A shot at greatness would await the winner. Jules Bianchi closed the gap even more by setting pole position, leaving only three points between him and Sebastian Vettel.

Regrettably, that work was undone with a terrible start, dropping Bianchi down the order. Unlike Vettel did on Saturday, Bianchi could not recover from that loss and was unable to prevent the Caterhams from running away. Sebastian Vettel looked the favourite the seal the deal and he did the necessary things.

Even when Lewis Hamilton had delusions of grandeur and decided to pass Vettel, the German regained his focus (after unleashing an ugly tirade on the team radio) and went on to win the world championship, despite Bianchi recovering to third place. He is joined in celebration by Sauber and Haas, who defeated their rivals in the WCC.

This race is also the last one for a handful of Formula One teams. The ill-fated Flanders project, having been bought out by Fernando Alonso and his sponsors, will probably be quickly forgotten, especially as their last race was pretty anonymous. DGN’s final race ended in an ugly mess, a sorry end to a decent run in Formula One.


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd46:32.23215
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+1.38712
363Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+16.57212
462Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes+18.1208
529Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+26.1756
627Nathan McKaneFerrari+34.8745
728Romain GrosjeanFerrari+35.6164
821Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+40.6683
991Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden+52.4302
1043Sébastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari+58.0181
1130Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd+1 Lap0
1232Daniel MelroseHolden+1 Lap0
1390Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+1 Lap0
1431Rhys DaviesHolden+1 Lap0
156Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari+1 Lap0
1622Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd+1 Lap0
1712Scott DixonFlanders-Holden+1 Lap0
1842Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari+1 Lap0
1967Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes+1 Lap0
2099Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes+1 Lap0
2111Carlos Sainz Jr.Flanders-Holden+1 Lap0
2266Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes+1 Lap0
2356João Paulo de OliveiraMansell-Mercedes+1 Lap0
DNF55Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesPuncture0
DNF98Salvatore MiccoliDGN-MercedesTransmission0
DNF5Valtteri BottasWilliams-Ferrari+Engine0

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:00.895

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Sébastien Bourdais – you run out of superlatives to describe his late-season efforts.

Reject Of The Race:

DGN-Mercedes – their final Formula One outing was miserable