Bravo! Sebastian Vettel 2012 F1 World Champion
25 November, 2012
Nov.25 (GP247) Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his third consecutive Formula One World Championship title by finishing fifth in an incident packed Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, which was enough to ensure that the most coveted prize in motorsport was his, albeit by a mere three points.
The 2012 F1 World Champion spoke afterwards to the BBC: “It is difficult to imagine what goes through my head now even for myself! I am full of adrenaline and if you poke me now I wouldn’t feel it. It was an incredible race. When you get turned around at Turn Four for no reason and it becomes like heading the wrong way down the M25 it is not the most comfortable feeling. I was lucky no-one hit me but the car was damaged and we lost a lot of speed, especially when it dried up.”
“Fortunately it started to rain again and I felt so much happier. People try to push us in a certain direction when they talk about how we perform when it rains but I think we have proven across the season we like rain conditions as well as dry.”
“It is unbelievable but the most important thing is that throughout the season we always kept believing in ourselves. A lot of people tried to play dirty tricks but we did not get distracted by that and kept going our way and all the guys gave a big push right to the end.”
“We stepped up our game in the second half of the season which allowed us to come back in this championship. I have to thank all the team because there is no-one in our team more important than the next person. We are all a group and fighting next to each other and not against each other. I am very proud of that. It is unbelievable.”
“For all of us in the team and also myself it is unreal. To win that third title here, where one of my greatest idols Ayrton Senna was from. It is very difficult to imagine I join him and other great names by winning three successive titles. My radio was not working, I was crying and you didn’t hear that and I am very happy about that. I just can’t find the right words to describe how I feel right now.”
Since his F1 race debut at the 2007 United States GP at Indianapolis, Vettel has made 101 starts (36 of which were from pole position), racked up 26 wins, finished on the podium 46 times and now become only the third driver to win three F1 world titles in a row, joining Michael Schumacher (2000-04) and Juan-Manuel Fangio (1954-57) in the record books.
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Key Vettel facts:
- Vettel was born in Heppenheim, a town surrounded by vineyards between Heidelberg and Darmstadt, on July 3, 1987. He started out racing karts at the age of eight.
- The German won 18 of 20 races in the 2004 German Formula BMW championship. The following year he was top rookie in the Formula Three Euroseries, won by a certain Lewis Carl Hamilton.
- He became the youngest driver to take part in a grand prix weekend when he drove for BMW-Sauber in Friday practice in Turkey in 2006, aged 19 years and 53 days.
- In 2007 Vettel made his F1 race debut with BMW-Sauber at Indianapolis, standing in for the injured Robert Kubica. He finished eighth – making him the youngest F1 driver to score a point, aged 19 years and 349 days.
- Vettel started seven races with Toro Rosso in 2007 / 8, when he set more records. His win at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza from pole position made him the youngest driver to start on pole (21 years and 72 days) and youngest ever winner (21 years and 73 days).
- Vettel switched to Red Bull for 2009 after Britain’s David Coulthard retired. He took the team’s first victory, at the Chinese Grand Prix, where he also handed Red Bull a first pole and led their first one-two finish. He ended that season as overall runner-up to Briton Jenson Button.
- In 2010, he became Formula One’s youngest champion at the age of 23 years and 135 days. The previous youngest was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in 2008, aged 23 years and 301 days. Vettel is Germany’s second F1 world champion, after Schumacher. The younger German was nicknamed ‘Baby Schumi’ in his early days.
- Known as a bit of a joker, with a love of British humour and the Beatles, Vettel has no manager but is close to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with whom he occasionally plays backgammon. He lives in Switzerland.
- The German has won five races this season. In 2011 he won 11 grands prix and a record 15 poles.
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