Sebastian Vettel, Bernie Ecclestone, Interlagos, 2012

Vettel clinches drivers’ championship hat-trick

2012 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel has won the Formula One world drivers’ championship for the third year in a row.

Sixth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix was enough for him to secure the title as Fernando Alonso finished second.

Vettel’s success means he takes over from Ayrton Senna as the youngest driver ever to win three world championships, at the age of 25 years and 145 days. He is also the only driver to win his first three championships in consecutive seasons.

Team principal Christian Horner paid tribute to his driver and team: “Sebastian has driven better than ever this season and has fought his way back into this championship; he?s never given up and you saw that in today?s race.

“After being knocked out of position and going to the back of the field with a load of damage, he fought his way back into the race, he never gave up and it was a race of maximum stress today with rain and no rain, then incidents, spins, you name it, it happened ?ǣ safety cars, radios that didn?t work ?ǣ but you have to reflect on the season as a whole.

“Over 20 races the team has done an unbelievable job and Sebastian truly deserves this world championship. Having gone up against an incredible opponent in Fernando Alonso, and we have to pay tribute to him and the way he?s driven this year, it has made this championship even more appreciated because of the level of competition we?ve had to compete against.

“So, all I can do is thank every single member of the team for everything that they?ve put in.”

List of Formula One drivers’ champions

Rank Driver Championships
1 Michael Schumacher 7
2 Juan Manuel Fangio 5
3 Alain Prost 4
=4 Jack Brabham 3
=4 Jackie Stewart 3
=4 Niki Lauda 3
=4 Nelson Piquet 3
=4 Ayrton Senna 3
=4 Sebastian Vettel 3
=10 Alberto Ascari 2
=10 Jim Clark 2
=10 Graham Hill 2
=10 Emerson Fittipaldi 2
=10 Mika Hakkinen 2
=10 Fernando Alonso 2
=16 Giuseppe Farina 1
=16 Mike Hawthorn 1
=16 Phil Hill 1
=16 John Surtees 1
=16 Denny Hulme 1
=16 Jochen Rindt 1
=16 James Hunt 1
=16 Mario Andretti 1
=16 Jody Scheckter 1
=16 Alan Jones 1
=16 Keke Rosberg 1
=16 Nigel Mansell 1
=16 Damon Hill 1
=16 Jacques Villeneuve 1
=16 Kimi Raikkonen 1
=16 Lewis Hamilton 1
=16 Jenson Button 1

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  1. @steco All I have to say that I feel sorry for you. There is a saying that “One can wake up a person who is sleeping but a person who is pretending to be sleeping can never be woken up”

    Do you think Ferrari and Montzemello would keep quite if it was really a yellow flag? @keithcollantine have also clarified so many times this fact about yellow.

  2. Oh please stop this rubbish about yellow flags and so on, the subject has been closed once and for all. I`ve been a Ferrari fan for many years, but during the last years (from 2010 onwards) I have grown increasingly tired of all the opportunism shown by Ferrari.
    It has reached a point where I was just waiting for Alonso to start screaming for the safety car in the race (knowing the Ferrari-lobbyist were allready pleading their case) in order to give Alonso another chance at getting close to Hulkenberg, Button and Hamilton and the title. Mind you, the safety car was fine with me, but did we really need Ferrari to plead the case. Race control was always going to bring out the safety car if they felt it was neccessary.
    In addition to this we hear Alonso on the radio almost every single race screaming “what is this or that one doing?”. The answer is always the same from his pit-crew, “we have allready brought the matter to Charlie Whiting”. It seems like Ferrari`s got employees especially dedicated to report the slightest little thing that can give the team an advantage to race control. F1 has always been political, but it`s never been as bad as it is now, and I feel sad that Ferrari is the team that is leading the way in this development. That`s no way to win a championship, marginal technicalities in a sport that is marginal in itself.

    As such I didn`t know what to feel after the race. I felt sad Ferrari lost out yet again, but on the other hand I felt a bit relieved they didn`t win it with all the crying to race control during the season. It`s better to consentrate on what the team can do better themselves than to consentrate on the slightest mistake made by every other team on the grid. I`m sorry to say, but that`s a bit unsportsmanlike.

    Some other teams seem to act differently in these situations and come across as more fair. It`s racing for godness sake, not a court of law.

  3. His best yet by far. He’s had such a mixture of scenarios in the past few years but this was the first time he actually had something to lose. He delivered in style and with a champion drive. Incredible.

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