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Sebastian Vettel wins Indian Grand Prix

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel has won the Indian Grand Prix to move a step closer to defending his Formula One championship. The Red Bull driver, who started from the pole position, led the race from start to finish.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain came in second, followed by Vettel's Australian teammate, Mark Webber.

This was Vettel's fourth consecutive Grand Prix victory and it has allowed him to open up a 13-point lead over Alonso in the drivers' standings with just three races to go in the Formula One season. Alonso had led the standings for much of the campaign, at one point holding a commanding 44-point lead over Vettel.

"Two years and two wins here, it's a very special Grand Prix, I don't know what it is about this circuit," Vettel said just moments after the race had ended. "A big thanks to my team, we're all pushing very hard. This is another good step (to the title) for us but there is still a long way to go."

This was the 26th career win for the 25-year-old German, who took both the 2010 and 2011 drivers' titles.

For his part, Alonso said he and his Ferrari team would continue to give their all until the end of the very last race of the season.

"Well done Red Bull and Sebastian but we want to be happy in Brazil, not only here. I am sure we will do it," Alonso said, referring to the location of the last event on the Formula One calendar.

pfd/hc (SID, dpa, AFP)