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Vettel enjoys 'special' achievement
Sebastian Vettel was taken back to memories of his youth and the stranglehold fellow German Michael Schumacher had on Formula One as the latest man to dominate the sport romped to yet another win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Red Bull driver had already wrapped up a fourth successive world drivers' championship a week before travelling to the United Arab Emirates but that did not stop him displaying his superiority over the rest of the grid with a masterful lights-to-flag victory.
It marked Vettel's seventh win in a row, equalling Schumacher's record across a single season, as Vettel continues to close in on more and more of his compatriot's feats.
Schumacher has seven titles and 91 race wins but Vettel has age on his side as he continues to sit atop the Formula One throne.
"I remember when I was a small kid watching Formula One and Michael was dominating with Ferrari and dominating the sport," said Vettel.
"They had a very strong car and a strong team spirit for many years. If you look back you feel he won every second race but to equal some of the stuff that they managed to achieve is very, very special for me - but also for the whole team.
"After 2011 we said it would be very difficult to repeat a season like that and maybe it comes across once in a lifetime. Now, we can probably say it came across twice, at least."
With the season coming towards an end Vettel is still on course to beat the all-time record for consecutive wins - currently held by Alberto Ascari, who won nine in a row - and can equal Schumacher's 13 wins in one campaign if he takes the chequered flag in the United States and Brazil.
The constructors' title has also gone to Red Bull for the fourth straight year and Mark Webber took second place on Sunday to round off another satisfying weekend for team principal Christian Horner, who was left toasting a 100th podium for the team.
"It is an immense achievement in nine years," he said.
"Everyone in the team can rightly feel hugely proud of what has been achieved. It is very easy to become complacent but it was very important for us, having won the championship, not to be complacent. It was a perfect weekend in terms of strategy, execution and reliability. We ticked all the boxes."
Horner also shot out a warning to the rest of the grid that the Milton Keynes-based outfit are still not planning to put their feet up and relax until the season is over.
"We just take things one race at a time," he added.
"We never dreamt that we could win four world titles but to have won seven races in a row now and 11 this year is beyond our wildest dreams.
"Every race we win is a bonus and we will go into the final two races and we will attack them with the same vigour we came here with."
Meanwhile, Webber's failure to turn pole position into a victory at the Yas Marina circuit means the Australian is still without a race win in his final season in Formula One.
He now has just the United States Grand Prix in Austin and the season-ending race in Sao Paulo to try and add to his nine career wins.
"It (a win) would be nice," he said.
"I've challenged for a few victories here and there this year but not been strong enough when it counted.
"I've got a couple more races to go, all I can do is my best. It is not going to be a huge difference but it would be nice to get it as any grand prix victory is always special to get. We will keep pushing and see how we go in the next two races."