The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship ended this Sunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlargos.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel only just managed to clinch his third World title by just three points from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as Jenson Button won the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Vettel said after the race “It will take time for it to sink in. It’s been a very, very tough season on track and off track. It was the toughest one but obviously we tried to always be tough, strong, fight, hang in there, and today they threw everything at us and we never gave up”.
Vettel’s race was far from easy as he found himself at the back of the grid with bodywork damage after he was bumped by Bruno Senna on the first lap.
The two Ferrari’s were extremely focused in Sao Paolo and displayed some remarkable teamwork between their two drivers. Felipe Massa had the best start and did everything possible to help Alonso and to beat Vettel.
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean span off the track on lap seven, ending his controversial F1 season in the barrier.
Lewis Hamilton was left to walk back to the McLaren garage as his race was cut short by the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. The pair was fighting for the race lead with 17 laps remaining when they made contact and were forced out of the race. Hamilton said he was “numb” at the way his race ended, initially criticising Hulkenberg but later retracted his comments. Hamilton who is now 27 years-old will join Mercedes from next year alongside Checo Perez.
Hamilton said “It was a little bit unfortunate, the dude didn’t even say sorry. So that says a lot. That’s what happens when you race with the less experienced. I feel OK, and I feel happy for the team to get the win. We were leading and we didn’t get to see through the race. I always like to see through the race.”
Vettel has joined an exclusive club of 3 time champions and he has a contract with Red Bull until 2014 so don’t think this story is over yet. Vettel summed it up well when he said “It's incredible what we have achieved."