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GP Week : Issue 177a
Sebastian Vettel sealed his third consecutive Formula One world drivers’ title after emerging from a turbulent Brazilian Grand Prix in sixth place. At 25-years of age, Vettel takes over from Ayrton Senna as the youngest ever triple world champion, but a typically tumultuous race in Sao Paolo meant his journey to the 2012 Drivers’ crown wasn’t plain sailing. A cautious start from fourth on the grid put the young German right in the pack as the field streamed into the first corner and he then found himself pointing the wrong way after turning into Bruno Senna’s Williams at Descido do Lago, also collecting Sergio Perez’s Sauber. From the tail end of the field with significant damage to his RB8’s left-rear corner and drizzly conditions, he was well inside the top ten when he made his first stop for Intermediate tyres on lap 10. He was fifth and within sight of title rival Fernando Alonso and the complexion of the championship changed constantly as the dramatic 71 lap race unfolded. Alonso did everything he could in pursuit of the 2012 title and eventually finished second, but sixth place was enough for Vettel to clinch his third title in as many years by only three points. “It’s difficult to imagine what goes through my head now, I am so full of adrenalin,” said Vettel. “It was an incredible race, everything that could have happened to make it more difficult for us today happened! “I would like to thank everyone in the team and at Renault. There’s no one in this team that feels more important than anyone else, we all push together, alongside each other. It’s one big force and I’m very proud of that.” He added: “It’s unreal what has happened. To win a third title, especially here where one of my heroes Ayrton Senna was from, it’s difficult to put into words. I was crying in the car but my radio wasn’t working, so I’m maybe happy for that! Tomorrow I can probably say more, but now I just don’t have the right words.” Once, twice, three times a Champion F1 >>> BRAZIL 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: