Red Bull 2012

Vettel collected the F1 world champion’s trophy

Double time world champion Sebastian Vettel crowned F1 world champion’s trophy for a second back-to-back year at Yesterday FIA Prize Giving Gala in New Delhi’s Kingdom of Dreams.

Formula 1 governing body FIA’s President Jean Todt on handover Vettel with the award, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone handed the constructors’ trophy to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. Jenson Button and Mark Webber also received their trophies for finishing second and third in the standings.

“It’s great to be here in India at the FIA Gala to collect my second drivers’ championship trophy,” Vettel told Autosport. “I have had the trophy in my house all year and didn’t want to give it back, so this means a great deal to me.

“It’s hard to put into words how it feels to win again; the team stayed focused and made few mistakes and I would like to thank them for all their impressive efforts. I would also like to thank Renault who worked so hard all year. The history of Formula 1 means a lot to me and it’s special to know that we are now somehow a part of that.”

Christian Horner took the chance to thank his team for its efforts during an extremely victorious season.

“It’s phenomenal what the team has achieved this year,” Horner told Autosport. “To win 12 races and take 18 pole positions and 27 podiums to defend our title is something we are very proud of. I would like to thank every member of the team, including Mark and Sebastian for all their hard work.

“Receiving the award tonight is fantastic and a great end to what has been an incredible year. Seb’s achievement of becoming a double Formula 1 world champion is incredible; the fact he is the youngest ever to do this is testament to the exciting young talent that he is.”

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