The race may not have been a foregone conclusion, thanks to Pirelli's decision to bring its soft and medium compound tyres to India, but there was little to prevent Sebastian Vettel claiming a fourth successive F1 world title.

The German qualified on pole, but on the softer rubber, necessitating an early stop that, in theory at least, would drop him behind those - incuding Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber - who had used the far more durable medium compound in Saturday's timed session.

As it turned out, and so often does, fate worked in Vettel's favour, with Webber being delayed at the start, and a two-lap stint on the softs proving to be no obstacle as he rapidly rose from 17th to third on the road. Once those ahead of him pitted, Vettel's road to glory was unchallenged, especially when his team-mate succumbed to mechanical gremlins.

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There were other stars on Sunday, such as Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean, who joined Vettel on the podium - the Frenchman after starting 17th - but it was the Red Bull man who, once again, took centre stage.