Formula 1 world salute world champion Vettel 9 October, 2011 2011 F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel on the podium at Suzuka Oct.9 (PVM) He needed a solitary point from the Japanese Grand Prix, but instead Sebastian Vettel helped himself to third place and 15 points to wrap up the 2011 Formula 1 world championship and in so doing – at 24 years of age – became the youngest ever double champion in the history of the sport. Sebastian hugs Adrian Newey as the Red Bull celebrate into the night at Suzuka In the Adrian Newey penned Red Bull RB7 he had a fantastic car at his disposal and he put it to good use by winning no fewer than nine of the fifteen races required to bag the title. The enormity of this achievement should be measured against his highly rated, and enormously experienced, team mate Mark Webber who simply had no answer to the dominance of the young German. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner commented: “It’s phenomenal for Sebastian Vettel to win his second World Championship. He’s driven magnificently this year and thoroughly deserves this Championship victory, which he has dominated since the first race in Melbourne. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and team work and he can be very proud of what he’s achieved. “This now places him amongst an elite group of drivers who have realised not only a double Championship, but back to back World Championships. Vettel’s rivals and F1 commentators have also tipped their collective hats to the king of Formula 1 who starts his second year reign as champion of the world. Sebastian and Jenson Button on the Suzuka podium Jenson Button: “Seb has done a great job all season and he deserved the title. He was given the equipment and just got on and did what was required of him.” Lewis Hamilton: “Big congratulations to Sebastian for winning the title. We all knew it was going to happen, but his season has really been flawless. It’s a fantastic achievement for him.” Fernando Alonso: “Congratulations to Sebastian! Winning two world titles at his age, in a season in which he has done it all, in qualifying, the races and every other way, so perfectly, is amazing and it is well deserved. For our part, we can do no more than try and do our utmost to try and beat him next year.” Felipe Massa: “I do want to congratulate Sebastian Vettel, he is a great guy and deserves this title and I am very happy for him.” Mark Webber: “Congratulations to Sebastian, to become a double World Championship is a very good job.” Nico Rosberg: “Sebastian, congratulations: you deserve the title.” Sebastian on the grid before the Japanese GP Michael Schumacher: “I would like to congratulate Sebastian and his team who have been exceptional the whole year. It is extremely emotional to see him win the Championship again, I am very happy for him and even a little bit proud.” Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal: “I would like to pass on congratulations to Sebastian from myself and the whole of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. He has driven a consistent and error-free season, and I only wish we could have delayed tonight’s party for a little while longer! But big congratulations to him nonetheless.” Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal: “On behalf of the Scuderia, I wish to congratulate Sebastian Vettel on clinching his second Drivers’ title, he has had an incredible season and this fantastic result is well deserved!” Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal: “Congratulations to Sebastian and Red Bull Racing on his second World Championship, he has driven impeccably all year, and together they have set the standards we must now aim for and exceed.” Sebastian crosses the finish line at Suzuka Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport vice president: “we take our hats off to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing, not just for winning the title, but also for defending it with an exceptional level of performance throughout the season.” Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal: “First of all, on behalf of everyone at Toro Rosso, I want to congratulate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing for winning a second consecutive Drivers’ Championship.” Eric Boullier, Renault team principal: “On behalf of the whole team I would like to offer my congratulations to Sebastian Vettel for his second World Championship win.” Peter Sauber, team principal: “Congratulations to Sebastian for a well-deserved world championship title after an outstanding season” Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus team principal: “I’d like to wish Sebastian and all our friends at Red Bull Racing huge congratulations for an incredible job this season. They still have a job to do, and I know from firsthand experience that they will not let up in their pursuit of the constructors’ title this year, and many more titles in the future. They set the standards that we must aspire to and I am very proud that we are part of their extended family and can keep being inspired by them as we grow to, one day, take the fight to them on track.” John Booth, Virgin Racing team principal: “Congratulations to Sebastian on his second world title.” Tamburello_1994 Gotta admit the kid is winning me over. He’s gonna be an all time great. F1hero. Yup,he did well to get a back to back.Would still like to see him more in the pack than always out front in the future.We know the car is good,what happens when the car is a midfielder though. Paul_Murtagh Congratulations to Sebastien. Some will say it was down to the car, but at the end of the day the driver has to deliver, and as Mark Webber has proved this year having the best car doesn’t guarantee wins and titles. To win 9 races in one season, only achieved by Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher before, is a great achivement, and apart from his home race he has been in contention for a win at some stage during every race this season. The question is can he now break Mansell’s pole record of 14 poles in a season, and equal Schumacher’s record on 13 wins in a season this year. Sebastien took it up a gear this season and thoroughly deserves his second world championship. And with the pace shown by Button and Alonso today let’s hope they can push the German all the way next year and give us a close, exciting and dramatic title fight! http://yallaF1.com F1 fan Well done!!! Nemo Congratulations Seb! What a champion this young kid is. @F1hero, we’ve already seen him in a midfield car, Torro Rosso. When he finished 8th in the championship including 1 win. This kid is the real deal.