Vettel takes third title after a thriller in Brazil…

If there was any regret haunting Fernando Alonso after that extraordinary race, you get the feeling it was wrestled with in that long stare into the distance in parc ferme, and despatched with that slow blink of the eyes. As the man said: “When you do something with your heart you have to be proud. I will try again next year.”

‘Nando, second has seldom been such unworthy consolation, but Sebastian Vettel did all, more, than was required of him today to make it three world titles on the trot. You must decide if his name deserves to be written alongside that of Fangio and that of Schumacher, but today he was special, as special as he was in Abu Dhabi.

Before lap one was completed, it looked like it was over for Vettel. Tipped in to a spin, and then clouted heavily by Bruno Senna, he was dead last and driving a damaged car. But Vettel’s like a Weeble in those circumstances, he just bounces back up and is back in contention before you’ve even noticed he wasn’t. But still, at the start of the race, the title was heading Alonso’s way, the Ferrari safely in third behind the McLarens.

The ‘Live Driver’s Championship’ caption would then ebb and flow away from ‘Nando, then back again, and finally back to Seb as an extraordinary race played out in front of them as the rain came, and went, and came again.

Lewis Hamilton looked set to close out his McLaren career with what was going to be an emotional win. But Jenson Button had other ideas as did, more remarkably, Nico Hulkenberg. The German clearly likes Interlagos. Last time he was here driving a Williams, he put it on pole and led. He led again today, two years on from his last visit, and clearly thought he could win again. He hasn’t led a single lap in the time in between. It was a shame an over-ambitious move on Lewis Hamilton effectively eliminated both of them, Lewis taking a ride back to the pits, Hulkenberg taking a detour to the pits for a drive-by. Jenson Button, the Harry Potter of changing surface conditions, was therefore handed an easy win. He won the first race of this extraordinary season too, but only one in between. But there could be no better way for JB to start his career as McLaren number one.

There’s really so much to comment on, not least the last race for the HRT team, for Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen, and of course Michael Schumacher. Right now we’re planning to sit down, draw breath, watch the BBC forum, and plan something for tomorrow. But just one last thought before we go. There was something appropriate about Michael Schumacher being first to congratulate Sebastian Vettel. Out on the track, Schumacher had earlier conceded a place to Vettel, which eased his champion’s margin up from a single point to three.

Yes, Michael Schumacher conceded a place. That’s never happened before. Like we said last week, one era ended today and a new one started.

Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel: the fastest F1 driver on the Top Gear track, and now the youngest triple champion in history.

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Haha Ham with a possible win yet again a non-finish and a bad pit-stop earlier, oh man that guy’s had many unfortunate events this year. Great race overall. Possible classic.

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Congratulations!

Vettel – working on his legend – younger ever triple world champion, only driver after Fangio and Schumacher winning 3 titles successively

Alonso – what a great never-give-up driver! For me the best driver this year, not the best packager and he was several times world champion in this race for a few laps.

That was a nail biting final race.

Congrats to Jenson – flawless race

Hamilton with bad luck, got kicked off the race by the Hulk who also showed unbelievable pace in a force india

WOW what a race

what a season

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Incredible race. Incredible drive from Seb. To be dead last and still finish with enough points to capture his third straight? Absolutely amazing. Alonso is a great driver, but Vettel is a Legend.

Props to Kimi, too. First season back, finishes EVERY race and places third in the championship. Kimi is Seb’s real competition.

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Great race, great season.. Yet again Jensen shows how good he is in the wet and Vettel showing he can overtake. I doubt there’ll be any action with the yellows and Vettel’s overtake, certainly nothing that’ll strip him of his title. Time for the drivers to have a rest and some down time, they deserve it after such a classic season. Well done lads.

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Best race of the season! Both Vettel and Alonso showed what great drivers they are. Congratulations to Vettel! He will be the greatest driver of all time.

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Great race to end a spectacular season. Congrats to sebastian vettel, a deserved champion although I think Fernando was the best driver this season. Great third by Kimi Raikkonen too. Finishing every race this season.
One big disappointment: Heikki Kovalainen being dumped by Caterham. He helped them launch in F1, was conistently faster than his team mates and always had a positive attitude. Now that Caterham wants to take the next step, they dump him. That’s just cold. He should have gotten the chance to race another year. He’s got the speed. He’s right though saying that he won’t pay for a season in which he’s uncertain to score a single point. Hope someone will pick him up and he will show Caterham what they miss out on…
So really looking forward to twenty 13. Hope we can go on like 2012

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Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel!, great driving even with the accident at the start and the overly long intermediate tire change plus the pouring rain near the end of the race. Truly deserving of a 3rd World Driver’s Title.
Alonso did his best but in the end it just wasn’t enough. There’s always next year.
Hope Ferrari could make their car just as quick as their competition for 2013 now that the new engine rules for a 1.6 turbocharged V6 and 2.4 N/A V-8 engines have been delayed till 2014 ( original plans for a 4-cylinder engines have been discarded ).

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Hamilton: “I don’t always lead a race…but when I do, I retire!”

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And hats off to both Vettel and Alonso.
You really have to feel for Alonso. He always did the best he could with a car that was far inferior to the Red Bulls. Again he bought it onto the podium from P7 after a difficult fight with a car not behaving well and much slower than the leading cars and in extremely difficult conditions. He truly should be proud as this was his greatest season so far and though he didn’t win the championship, he did gain enormous respect from everyone in knowing he’s a true fighter.

Vettel once again shows why he deserves to become the youngest triple world champion. After the spin in turn 4 and later pitstop screw ups, everything was going wrong for him and it looked like Alonso might just get this one but just like in Abu Dhabi, he bounced right back and before you knew it, there was a incredibly determined Vettel moving quickly up through the field in a damaged car. It may be Adrian Newy’s brilliance which has given Vettel the fastest car on the grid, but you cannot deny Vettel’s speed and determinism how he has managed to come back and take the championship once again despite at times when it seemed it would have all gone wrong for him.

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The 2012 F1 season will go down as one of the greatest seasons in F1 history and the fight between Vettel and Alonso will be remembered as a great classic. It has been absolutely spectacular, especially after a pretty dreary 2011.

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What a race! I’ve said this time and again, if you can only watch one GP watch Brazil, there’s always drama there. Congrats to Sebastian, he kept his cool in more than suboptimal circumstances. Congrats to Alonso, he very nearly made it, and was a good sportsman. Congrats to Button for winning, gutsy move to stay out on slicks for so long. Same goes for Hülkenberg, and I’m very sorry that he took out Hamilton, it was a very unfortunate accident. Well, that was 2012, lets see what 2013 will bring…

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darn you guys are hamilton fans. If you watch the replay look at the road. Hulkenberg never diverted from his line. He kept just in the inside of the center of the road the entire corner. Hamilton came over and pranged into him.

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Vettel-average driver in good car.

Alonso-good driver in this year bad Fiat.

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I guess the first safety car was a bit unappropriate. button and hülkenberg were 45 seconds ahead and would have been gone for the victory among themselves. perhaps they used it just for the excitement or I don`t see that objective. the penalty against hulk was ridiculous, stupid, but normal race incident. kobayashi hit webber in the same corner the same way, turnt him, but didn`t get a penalty. same at turn 4 against schumacher, but without any damage or disturbance for schue. I think they shouldn`t interfere in the race continuously, at least it`s not so heavily as a few years ago, when lewis got penalized constantly. besides that. best move of the race was done by kimi, I loved a few minutes after he used the wrong exit

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that`s wrong my friend, hülkenberg lost his car and crashed into lewis. and I say that as a hülkenberg fan

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UNKNOWN…please watch the replay again and this time pay attention before you start blaming lewis…it is clear that hulkenberg car lost grip and slid towards lewis..idiot!

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Button’s win on an increasingly wet afternoon was handed to him when Lewis Hamilton, who had appeared set to leave McLaren with back-to-back victories, was taken out 16 laps from the end by Nico Hulkenberg as the Force India driver tried to regain a lead he had held for a large chunk of the race.

Hamilton had passed Button in to turn four soon after the restart and then closed on Hulkenberg, and benefited from a mistake from the leader on lap 48 as Hulkenberg spun at Laranja. The rain continued to be intermittent and another sprinkling saw the front two close together again, with Hulkenberg trying to dive up the inside of Hamilton in to turn one and sliding in to the McLaren to take him out of his final race with the team.

Hulkenberg was handed a drive through penalty for the incident which dropped him to fifth behind Button, Massa, Alonso and Webber

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Awesome drive by Signor Fernando Alonso, the
Spainish bullfighter almost did the impossible.
Also well done, Herr Sebastian Vettel on a good
season got lucky today.

Alonso was bring, a Knife to a Gunfight
and in close quater scared the Red Bull
like no other.
If he had, Vettel car the title would be won
by Austin.

Just a Fact, Red Bull got lucky today
and they know it.
Sebastian Vettel deserves, his third title
in a row.
but he got really lucky, this year as Mcclaren
had the best car and won most races.

But Mcclaren Reliable way, when south this year
and costs them both Titles.
overall a great FI Season. good luck Jack Humpreys
with your new job next year.

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If Alonso had gone on intermediates instead of slicks 1 pit stop sooner he would have been the 2012 champion. Still quite a good race.

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Alonso got lucky this year. FIA penalizes Ferrari for political symbols and breaking curfew, and Karthykeyan doesn’t slice Vettel’s tire in Malaysia, the season is over a month ago.

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Rubbish Alonso Brillances, kept it going
to the last lap of the season.
Vettel had a Fine season, and deserved
it just in the end.

But Alonso was the, best driver this year
as he was giving a Second and a half to
Vettel and only losted by Three point in the end.

Vettel interview with Lee Mckenzie, was disappointing
as he did not give Fernando Alonso any praise for his
effort.
While Fernando Alonso was, a True Gentleman
and praised Sebestian Vettel Title win.

Bad sportmanship on Vettel part, as Ferrari only
broke Massa gearbox seal after Red Bull tried to
change Engine mapping earlier on.
be fair Vettel, you won just thanks mainly to Mcclaren
alway breaking down and Ferrari lack of sppeed.

Luck boy Vettel, but he got the job done
damn and blast.
TG Keroa is getting madder, just buld armour cars
how cool is that.

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Well done JB for your win, tough luck LH you were the fastest today, but had some stiff competition from NH! That was just a racing incident IMHO. I think FM is underrated/underappreciat ed again, he drove a good race as did MW. FA, you can walk away proud, your achievement will be noted everytime they talk about this season, it will always be “The fight between Alonso and Vettel of 2012”. You’ll be back to win Championships again! MS, you are one tough bastard to pass but you selflessly let SV pass without drama and contributed to the 2012 season like no one before you. Our hats off to you for your overall contribution to F1! KR, you are a rock! Never give up indeed! Everyone else, you too deserve your kudos to an awesome season!

SV, well.. well.. well…
Some say that there’s this fellow who prefers to start races from pit lane…
Some say that there’s this fellow who prefers to spin around and race in reverse just to give the other racers a fighting chance…
Some say that you are something special, something very special…

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How does he do it? Go so fast in a damaged car? No one can say Vettel didn’t deserve this title.
And I would have liked to hear a bit more praise for Massa from the Ferrari guys.
Can’t wait for the 2013 season.

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Fantastic Vettel.
The haters will say luck and best car etc but this means nothing, haters gonna hate” Fact is McLaren had the best car overall throughout the season but unfortunate for them, they had many reliability issues.

Ferrari was quick but not quite as quick as RBR and McLaren, Fernando is a luck guy. No mechanical issues, a teammate that will let you by easily and not race against you. Only two races out of points. Fairly quick car good enough to faster than everyone except RBR and McLaren but more reliable. This season Fernando performed well with a lot of help by the misfortunes of others but thats racing.

The driver who deserved it, won.
Vettel went from spinning going to dead last to only being 3 seconds off Alanso in 10 laps, driving a damaged car in tricky conditions. He was the fastest driver in the wet.

The haters who said he cant pass he cant drive in the wet, he cant drive in traffic, he cant handle pressure, his driving style is boring yada yada yada are hushed and though they can come with every excuse imaginable, they will be proven wrong time and time again. Vettel is simply an amazing driver. He will go on to break more records in the most competitive field F1 has ever had.
He has done so this year and yet the haters cannot see the light.

next year it will happen again
VETTEL WDC 2013

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