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article imageF1: Third-straight title leaves Vettel without ‘the right words’

By John Duarte     Nov 26, 2012 in Sports
Sebastian Vettel crafted an amazing finish to the 2012 Formula 1 season and overcame numerous challenges in the final race of the year to win his third-consecutive world drivers’ championship.
“It’s difficult to imagine what goes through my head now. I am so full of adrenaline,” Vettel said. “Tomorrow I can probably say more, but now I just don’t have the right words.”
It didn’t matter that a light rain played havoc with drivers and their tire choices. It didn’t matter that Fernando Alonso was driving a determined race in his bid to with the Formula 1 title. It didn’t matter that the Brazilian Grand Prix ended on a parade behind the safety car, which was forced onto the track after Paul Di Resta crashed just as the leaders were about to start the final lap of the race.
At the end of the day, the only thing that mattered was that Vettel had become the first driver to win three-consecutive world drivers’ titles in seven years and, at 25 years-of-age, becomes the youngest three-time champion in Formula 1 history.
“It’s unreal what has happened, to win a third title, especially here where one of my heroes Ayrton Senna was from,” said the triple world champion after the race. “I was crying in the car but the radio wasn’t working, so I am thankful for that.
“I think at the moment you could prick me and I would not notice,” an elated Vettel continued. “It was for sure the toughest race. But, all the time, we believed in it. I am still overwhelmed.”
Oddly enough, the last driver to accomplish the feat was Schumacher, who finished seventh in his last race of his F1 career. Schumacher won five-consecutive titles from 2000 to 2004.
“I am very proud of him and he’s a good friend of mine,” said Schumacher. “I think it’s a nice ending. I’m finishing off and he’s clinching his third title.”
Vettel knew going into the Formula 1 season finale that finishing fourth or better would give him a third world championship in as many years, regardless what challenger Fernando Alonso did in the race. The defending world champion had a bit of a scare on the first lap when he spun after being hit him from behind by Bruno Senna, the nephew of Vettel’s idol.
“I had a lot of cars coming and I was in the wrong way,” Vettel said of the incident that dropped him to the back of the field.
But, Vettel was not to be deterred on this day. By Lap 15, he had made his way back up to sixth. That’s where he finished. And, that was enough to give him a third-straight title.
“It’s hard to find the right words for what happened today,” he said. “There were a lot of obstacles put in our way. But that didn’t distract us.”
Alonso could not catch Jenson Button and ended the race, and the season, in second place.
“It was one of the most difficult races we ever drove,” he said. “Obviously, you are not in control of what your rivals do. I think we needed a second place and Sebastian eighth or something like that. We were hoping for a little miracle.”
According to Alonso, the way the Brazilian Grand Prix played out was indicative of his whole year.
“From the start to the end, it was a dream and we had this little present to fight for the championship until the last race,” he said. “We enjoyed the race, we did our job and the dream continued until today.”
As to next year, time will tell what the Formula 1 season has in store for 2013. And Vettel, who is under contract to Red Bull Racing through the 2014 season, says there is plenty to accomplish with the team.
“I am very happy and committed to give the best in the next years with them,” Vettel said. “It’s incredible what we have achieved, (but) I don’t see any point thinking of another team or something else.”
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