Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Season Finale. Vettel World Champion

Vettel crowned 2010 F1 World Champion in epic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race

Sebastian Vettel is feeling on top of the world now that he has clinched his maiden Formula One title. The newly crowned World Champion for 2010, won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, but lost out to McLaren’s Jenson Button for the top prize. Today, he again scored the season finale victory on the Yas Marina circuit for the Red Bull team.

 
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Podium: race winner and 2010 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, celebrates.

“I’m a bit stressed to be honest, I don’t know what I’m supposed to say… It’s been an incredible year, we’ve always kept believing in the team, and the car, and I have kept believing in myself… I’m speechless!” admitted the 2010 World Champion. “We have only led this championship once, when it matters.”

What a difference a year makes, as the German started from pole position today, and cruised to victory in the race, as well as in the Drivers’ Championship. He was in third position in the battle for the title coming into the race but with the win secures the top spot, by four points over Fernando Alonso.

Alonso, who was leading in the hunt against his three closest rivals, was unlucky after deciding to pit early on. The Ferrari driver consequently put himself out of contention with the help of a safety car miscue, and ended up with a seventh place finish. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who was second in the points, finished one place behind the Spaniard in eighth position.

As Vettel crossed the finish line, he sounded very emotional over the team radio: “Ah unbelievable, thank you boys, thank you I love you.”

He later added, “The car was phenomenal. The start was crucial, and it was very tight with Lewis, but after that it settled down.”

Vettel sets a record himself in Formula One history, becoming the youngest ever champion in the sport. Amazingly he had not led in the standings throughout the season until the end of the race today. The 23 year old and his team, are familiar with the taste of success, after securing the Constructors’ Championship last week in Brazil. There will be more celebrations ahead for Vettel and his team as they have achieved the double with the season now coming to a close.

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