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Vettel champion in Brazilian drama

Jenson Button wins in Brazil but Sebastian Vettel crowned 2012 F1 champion
Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest triple champion in F1 history after a dramatic season finale at Interlagos delivered all the drama expected – and plenty more besides.

Vettel was forced to battle back from an accident on the opening lap when he was tipped into a spin by the Williams of Bruno Senna and dropped to the rear of the field, with his Red Bull sustaining damage to the rear left in the process.

However, in constantly changing weather conditions as a multitude of showers hit the Sao Paulo circuit, Vettel did what was required to secure enough points to put himself out of reach of Fernando Alonso.

Alonso himself produced a stunning start when the lights went out at the start to get ahead of Vettel and he ran ahead of the German throughout – at times putting himself into a position to clinch the title only to see Vettel respond.

When the chequered flag dropped with the field behind the Safety Car after an accident for Paul di Resta in the final sector, Alonso crossed the line in second spot, but with Vettel in sixth, it was the Red Bull driver who clinched the crown.

The race itself was won by Jenson Button for McLaren after he took full advantage of a clash between team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg while the pair diced for the lead.

Hulkenberg had led for much of the opening half of the race as he and Button stayed out on dry tyres while the remainder of the field went to intermediates, with the pair losing their advantage over the field when the Safety Car was deployed for debris on the circuit.

Further down the grid, Vitaly Petrov secured a crucial eleventh place finish for Caterham which was enough to ensure that the team was able to reclaim tenth in the constructors' championship from Marussia.

Full race report is now available.
Full race results also available.

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24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari SF15-T
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari SF15-T
Ferrari team with new SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Esteban Gutierrez with Ferrari SF15-T
Fernando Alonso - McLaren Honda
Kevin Magnussen - McLaren Honda
Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button - McLaren Honda
McLaren Honda MP4-30
McLaren Honda MP4-30
Jenson Button - McLaren Honda
Jenson Button - McLaren Honda
Fernando Alonso - McLaren Honda
McLaren Honda MP4-30

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John - Unregistered

November 25, 2012 5:59 PM

To all the Alonso crybaby fans, Ferrari are way ahead of you and asked the FIA to investigate Vettel. They did, it wasn't yellow flags it was yellow lights warning about a slippery track.

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