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Sebastian Vettel - 2012 Formula One World Champion // Third consecutive title makes Vettel F1's youngest triple champion

Published by Christine Blachford

We've had many polls on Sidepodcast over the past week or so, and most have been split between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel 50/50. In the end, Vettel's thirteen point lead was impossible to overcome, and his sixth place finish in Brazil sees him become the 2012 F1 World Champion. It's been an incredible season for the driver, taking over the lead of the championship in Korea and never looking back. The driver standings chart shows just what a meteoric rise Sebastian had in the second half of the season.

Sebastian Vettel - 2012 Formula One World Champion
Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty

It wasn't an easy race for Vettel, after a first lap incident saw him at the rear of the field and with damage to the side of the car. However, Sebastian says he never stopped believing.

It was an incredible race. They tried everything to make it difficult for us today. Inside the car when you get turned around in Turn 4 for no reason, it's not the most comfortable feeling. I was quite lucky that nobody hit me from that point onwards. I think it was the toughest, but we kept believing and remained ourselves.

- Sebastian Vettel

Vettel also attributes the victory to the entire team - who themselves secured their third Constructor's Championship in a row at the last race in Austin.

I have to say a big thanks to everyone in the team... I feel like one of the guys at the team. I don't feel more important or less important and I drive the car. What we achieved today was what we have been working for since I joined the team; it is a massive amount of work getting done through the whole year.

- Sebastian Vettel

Vettel becomes the youngest triple world champion in F1, and joins an elite rank of drivers who have three titles to their name.

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