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How Vettel beat Alonso to the 2012 title – Pt.2

A race-by-race look at how Sebastian Vettel beat Fernando Alonso to the F1 title in 2012
The Brazilian Grand Prix brought the curtain down on an astonishing F1 season as Sebastian Vettel beat Fernando Alonso to the crown – becoming the youngest triple champion in the history of the sport in the process.

Here, Crash.net takes a race-by-race look at how Red Bull's German racer overturned a 44 point deficit at the half-way stage of the season to take the title away from Alonso and Ferrari…

To read part one, covering the first ten races of the season, CLICK HERE.

Lewis Hamilton wins the final race before the summer break, with Vettel and Alonso unable to challenge the McLaren man for victory. Vettel qualifies in third place and has the stronger race of the pair, although time lost behind Button early on proves to be vital. A late switch to a three-stop strategy almost comes good as he closes on Romain Grosjean late on but he can't pass the Frenchman and crosses the line just off the podium in fourth.

Alonso starts sixth but doesn't have high hopes for race day and admits surprise at being able to cross the line in fifth having extended his run of points finishes to an impressive 23.

1. Alonso 164
3. Vettel 122 (-42)

Jenson Button takes a dominant win in a race that turns into a disaster for Alonso; with his run of points finishes being brought to a dramatic end. The Spaniard qualifies in sixth place but it wiped out at turn one after being caught up in an accident involving Hamilton and Grosjean and fails to score.

Vettel meanwhile fails to make it through to Q3 but starts tenth thanks to a gearbox penalty for team-mate Mark Webber. Although delayed by the first lap incident ahead, the German soon starts to make up places and a one-stop strategy plays a major part in him coming through to second place.

1. Alonso 164
2. Vettel 140 (-24)

Hamilton wins at Monza as Vettel discovers it is his turn to run into trouble. The German starts sixth and looks set to finish in the same position despite losing time when handed a drive-through penalty for forcing Alonso onto the grass through the Curva Grande. However, an alternator issue means he parks up with five laps to go.

Alonso meanwhile endures a frustrating qualifying session as a roll-bar problem leaves him well off the pace in tenth but he recovers well on race day to bring his car home in third place; securing a podium in front of the Tifosi.

1. Alonso 179
4. Vettel 140 (-39)


Related Pictures

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23.11.2012- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 leadsSebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
23.11.2012- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
Fernando Alonso arrives in style to officially open the museum complex devoted to his racing career
Karts on display at the new Fernando Alonso museum in Oviedo, Spain
One of Fernando Alonso`s karts, bearing the now familiar #14
Fernando Alonso`s first karting licence as displayed at the museum celebrating his career in Oviedo
Fernando Alonso - McLaren-Honda MP4-30
Antonio Fuoco - Ferrari SF15-T
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21.06.2015- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
21.06.2015- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
21.06.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T come back to the paddock after the crash with a marshall
21.06.2015- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
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Arsenic - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 7:21 PM

What a load of crap I'm reading here... it was Adrian Newey, RB had the better car, Vettel was lucky... First, you don't become F1 WDC by luck. Much less twice and certainly not 3 times. Poor Alonso always has the worst car. Mind you this "worst" car beat most other cars, otherwise he wouldn't be so close to Vettel. Oh, and Ferrari finished second in the Constructors championship. So much about having the worst car. I also haven't seen Alonso race through the field from all the way back several times like Seb has. And I haven't seen RBR deliberatly penalising Webber to benefit Vettel like Ferrari did in the US (or throughout the season for that matter). Last year in Monza, Alonso pushed Vettel off the track and it was ok. This year it was the other way around and guess what, Alonso starts crying. So give credit where it's due. Both drivers have been superb this season and either one of them has deserved the WDC but there can only be one.

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