Mark Webber finished second on an identical strategy, on his final F1 grand prix before moving to endurance racing.
Renault is the most successful engine manufacturer under the current engine regulations, with 60 wins, 66 pole positions and 56 fastest laps, plus 5 Constructors’ and Drivers’ championships.
Nico Hülkenberg finished eighth at Interlagos and claimed four points, putting him tenth in the drivers’ championship.
Pastor Maldonado: "It's been a great three years with this team, I had a nice moment with Frank and the team this morning and they will stay in my heart forever."
Fernando Alonso came third at the Carlos Pace circuit. Felipe Massa ended his final race in a Prancing Horse car in seventh position.
Sebastian Vettel equal a record of nine consecutive F1 victories set by Alberto Ascari in 1953.
Romain Grosjean's RS27-2013 engine failing in spectacular fashion on what would be the final appearance for the V8 configuration power plant.
Jenson Button: “I’m pleased for Checo. He won’t be with us next year, but he drove a great race today. Well done, mate."
Paul Di Resta: "Although I missed out on a top ten position in the championship, it’s been a successful season."
The team finished the 2013 season with a total of 360 points and a total of three wins, six further podiums and eight pole positions.
Daniel Ricciardo, departing from team: "I just want to say thank you to everyone at Scuderia Toro Rosso, here at the track, back in Faenza and at our wind tunnel for two fantastic years. Thanks guys!”
Only four drivers have claimed pole position this year – Vettel, his team mate Mark Webber and the Mercedes line-up of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Xevi Pujolar: "In qualifying we had both cars on track at the right time, on the right tyres, but as the rain fell harder we struggled for grip."
Robert Fernley: "The priority is to make sure we keep out of trouble and do what we need to secure our position in the Constructors’ championship.”
After perform the best time in final practice, Mark Webb start his last race in Formula One from the 4th place position.
Qualifying in Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix was delayed due to the flooded areas on the Interlagos circuit.
Fernando Alonso ended up third for Scuderia Ferrari with team-mate Felipe Massa ninth to give him a fifth row start in his home race tomorrow.
Nico Hülkenberg, yet again, made it into Q3 and qualified tenth. Esteban Gutiérrez was out in Q1 and qualified 18th.
Romain Grosjean putting in a respectable lap in the final moments to take sixth on tomorrow’s grid. Heikki Kovalainen narrowly missed the cut for the top ten shootout in eleventh.
Lewis Hamilton qualified in the top five for the 17th time in 19 races this season.
Daniel Ricciardo: "Tomorrow? The weather will probably decide the story, but anyway, seventh is a great place from which to start."
James Calado: “It was my first experience of driving a Formula One car in the rain and the conditions were quite difficult."
Esteban Gutiérrez was quite happy with his set-up on a track that was new for him, Nico Hülkenberg thinks there is still significant room for improvement.
Daniil Kvyat: "Overall, with this morning, then last week in Austin and the running before that, I now have a lot of confidence in the car."
Valtteri Bottas: "We will sit down and analyse the data to work out the best set-up for tomorrow."
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed 47 laps, 23 for the former and one more for the latter.
Romain Grosjean was tenth fastest on a day which started wet and became wetter with rainfall over the Brazilian track in São Paulo.