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Sebastian Vettel Makes History at Brazil Grand Prix by Winning His Third Consecutive F1 Title

November 25th, 2012 at 11:29 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On a rainy Sunday Sebastian Vettel had to overcome numerous issues to still walk away with a sixth place finish and his third straight World Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Jenson Button won his third race of the 2012 season for his McLaren team. 

 'Vettel Malaysia Champagne' photo (c) 2011, Bertho RF1 - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Among Vettel's issues were a first-lap crash where he was spun after getting a bad start from the fourth grid spot, a broken radio, a bad pit stop, and a race in the rain. Through all the issues though Vettel, at age 25, became F1's youngest three-time champion.
"Everything that could go wrong went wrong," Vettel said. "I think you guys had your show and we had to really fight until the end. Just look at the stuff that went wrong. It was for sure the toughest race. We kept believing. It was never game over." 
 
Vettel became the first Formula One driver to win three World Championship's in a row since Michael Schumacher won five in a row from 2000 to 2004. Schumacher was competing in his final race before he retires and  finished seventh at Brazil. The only other Formula One driver to win three straight championships was Juan Manuel Fangio from 1954 to 1957.
"It's difficult to find the right words," Vettel said. "It's unbelievable. I'm still full of adrenaline. It was an incredible race."
 
Entering the final race Vettel knew he needed to finish fourth or better to clinch the title. If he could accomplish that it wouldn't matter where Fernando Alonso, who entered 13 points back, finished the race.

Lewis Hamilton started from the pole position in his final start with McLaren before he moves over to Mercedes in 2013. He was leading with 17 laps to go when Nico Hulkenberg crashed into him trying to make a pass on the wet track. That gave the lead to Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso was up to second. With Vettel struggling Alonso was closing in on the championship if he could find a way to catch and pass Button for the win or have Vettel lose a few positions. 
 
Right before Button was ready to begin the final lap Paul Di Resta crashed which brought out the safety car and sealed the win for Button and the championship for Vettel. 
 
Button's win was the 15th of his Formula One career. Alonso finished second and ended a mere three points behind Vettel for the championship. Alonso's Ferrari teammate, Felipe Massa took home third for only his second podium finish of the season. Mark Webber finished fourth with Hulkenberg still coming home fifth after his contact with Hamilton. Vettel and Schumacher were sixth and seventh followed by Jean-Eric Vergne, Kamui Kobayashi and Kimi Raikkonen in the top ten. 
Tags: Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne, jenson button, Juan-Manuel Fangio, Kamui Kobayashi, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, McLaren, Michal Schumacher, Motorsports, Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel

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