A stunning run of success saw Sebastian Vettel sweep the final nine races of the 2013 world championship, his final victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday the culmination of a total of 13 wins during the course of the year.
"Sebastian claims yet another record and has driven like a true champion this year to have won 13 Grand Prix in one season," said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner. "It's a remarkable achievement and will be very difficult to surpass."
That equals the record set by Vettel's fellow countryman and childhood icon Michael Schumacher in 2004 (and who managed it in a season consisting of one race less) and also means that Vettel finishes the year with 397 championship points, five more than the previous record that he set in 2011.
As for whether Vettel has broken or equalled Alberto Ascari's 1952/3 record of the most consecutive wins, that rather depends on whether you give Ascari a pass for not entering one race during that season or not. If you don't, then Vettel's tally of nine back-to-back wins is an outright record; otherwise, it's still true to claim Vettel's run in 2013 as the first time the feat has been achieved within the same season.
"I don't want to compare the record what we have got today," insisted Vettel after the race. "It's not fair as it was a different time when Ascari was driving.
"Cars broke down more often then and teams were less consistent, so therefore it's a different type of record that we have got today," he pointed out, "I think his record still stands out a lot and, at the end of the day, as I see it now, it's just a number but, hopefully, one day, when I've got less hair and am chubby, then it's probably something nice to look back to."
With his run showing no sign on ending, Vettel admitted that he wished the season was longer.
"I'm actually quite sad that this season comes to an end," he said, "I think the last couple of races, really since the summer break, to win every race is unbelievable. The car has been phenomenal, just kept getting better."
Phenomenal it might have been, but for once it wasn't possible for him to to run and hide right from the lights, as Vettel found himself beaten into turn 1 by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
"My start wasn't so good today, but I was able to get past Rosberg [at the end of lap 1]," he said.