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Vettel officially crowned F1 champion for third time
8 December 2012
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was officially crowned F1 world champion for the third successive time on Friday night during the FIA's prize giving gala in Istanbul.
Vettel clinched the title at the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix, eventually finishing the year 3 points up on his closest rival.
The German was presented with his trophy for winning the 2012 F1 Drivers' Championship by FIA president Jean Todt, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus pilot Kimi Raikkonen also received awards having finished second and third respectively.
“It's a fantastic feeling to be here tonight and to be able to take this trophy back home for another year. As I said last time, it isn't something you want to give back,” Vettel commented.
“Winning the title with Red Bull Racing three times in a row makes us all feel very proud. This was a season with lots of ups and downs and the team had to push hard to get me over the line.
“In the garage and at the factory everyone did an incredible job, and the support we had from Renault was also great.”
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner meanwhile was on hand to accept the 2012 F1 Constructors' World Championship trophy - also for the third year in a row.
“This is a phenomenal achievement for our team,” he added. “The hard work and the dedication this year have been exemplary – but I think hard work and dedication have been common up and down the pitlane in this fantastic F1 season.
"It didn't seem possible we could raise our game after last year but I think we have. The team have used every scrap of their skill and ingenuity, they've had the courage of their convictions and have refused to buckle under the most enormous pressure. I'm very honoured to collect this trophy on their behalf,” Horner summed-up.
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