The 2012 F1 season concluding Brazilian Grand Prix was met with rain, crashes, and suspense. While Vettel managed to finish a best of six in a damaged car, the results were good enough for him to clinch the much anticipated third world title.
Red Bull had all the reasons to celebrate, after clinching the constructor's championships last weekend at Austin and grabbing the drivers championships through Vettel at Brazil. More than becoming the world's youngest triple world champion - by just three points over Alonso - Vettel also joins an elite club whom have claimed three titles consecutively.
It was high octane drama from the first lap, heading down into turn four, it was disaster for Vettel who spun around, incurred damaged and thrown to last place after getting tagged by Bruno Senna's Williams. At this point the championship battle was in Alonso's favour who drove flawlessly till the end.
Over the course of the next 71 laps, it was an intense battle with the much expected rain making appearances in varous intensities and leaving the pit crew scrambling for perfect tyre strategies.
The under appreciated Nico Hulkenberg of Force India drove well with slick tyres on damp conditions. The German lead the race over Button for several laps before a questionable pass on Hamilton went all wrong exiting Hamilton from his final race with McLaren and earning a drive-through penalty in the process.
Jenson Button regained the lead and stayed comfortably. Behind him was the RB8 piloted by Vettel managed to get up to sixth place after overtaking Schumacher on the 64th
lap. At that moment the points situation became 281 to 278, just enough for him to win the championship.
There was a final drama to be played out when Paul di Resta crashed his Force India heavily in the final sector on the 69th
lap, bringing out the safety car two laps to the end of the race. As the safety car pulled in before the 71st
lap was over, FIA history books were re-written.
At just 25-years old, Vettel became the youngest triple world champion and joins Juan Manuel Fangio and Vettel's racing hero, Michael Schumacher as the only drivers in the long history of Formula One to score a hat trick of championships. Schumacher finished seventh on his 306th
and final race as he retires for the second and last time from Formula One.
Vettel might be a champion by statistics, but fans claim Alonso deserves more for he took a difficult and inferior Ferrari and pulled it to second in the championships. During post race, the unfazed and cold stare from Alonso could only mean one thing - this is not over.
Congratulations Vettel and Red Bull Racing, hang in there Alonso, good luck on your future endeavours with Mercedes Hamilton and a sincere thank you Schumacher, for without you Formula One would not be where it is today.
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