Fifth podium lock-out of 2013 season for Renault Power in USA Grand Prix
Renault-powered cars locked out the podium in the USA Grand Prix at Austin today, with Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) securing a dominant win over Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) and Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing).
It is the fifth time this season that Renault engines have had a clean sweep of the podium following success in Bahrain, Germany, Korea and Japan.
Williams F1 Team returned to points-winning form and secured 8th with Valtteri Bottas – the first F1 career points for the Finn. Pastor Maldonado, who had started from 18th, had a tougher race and passed the flag in 17th.
Lotus F1 Team’s new recruit Heikki Kovalainen, replacing Kimi Raikkonen for the final two races as he undergoes back surgery, had a stellar return to the cockpit, qualifying in P8 for his first Grand Prix in a year. The Finn raced in the top ten until a pit stop to change a broken front wing dropped him to 17th. Unfortunately, with his KERS not functioning, he could make no progress through the field and finished in 15th.
Caterham F1 Team finished with Giedo van der Garde 19th and Charles Pic 20th.
With one race remaining, Infiniti Red Bull Racing now has 553 points, Mercedes 348, Ferrari 333 and Lotus 315. The next race in Brazil comes in just one week and will be the swansong for the Renault RS27 V8 engine.
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