Vettel's next win will sound very different

Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:38am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel urged his Red Bull team to "enjoy this moment" as they celebrated his record ninth win in a row and the quadruple world champion knew what he was talking about.

Formula One will look and sound very different when the 26-year-old German returns from his well-earned winter break in search of a 10th successive win and fifth consecutive championship.

The glamour sport has seen many eras declared over and Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix was another such moment, even if Vettel is at the peak of his powers and with many years of racing ahead of him.

The 2.4 liter normally aspirated V8 engine has departed the scene, Red Bull's joyfully revved into oblivion by Renault in the garage after the race, to be replaced by a 1.6 liter turbocharged V6 with energy recovery systems.

So radical is the change that the engine itself has become an outdated concept. In 2014, cars will be equipped with a 'power unit' with fuel economy and hybrid systems much more to the fore.

Who of the three remaining manufacturers - Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari following the departure of Cosworth and pending the arrival in 2015 of Honda - will have the best is anyone's guess at present.

"It's a massive regulation change for next year and of course it's the end of an era with the current car and beginning of a new era that pretty much starts tomorrow," said Red Bull principal Christian Horner on Sunday night.

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses the trophy as he celebrates on the podium after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Nacho Doce