Sebastian Vettel is the World Champion of 2012

Congratulations, Seb! Onneksi olkoon! Und Herlichen Glückwunsch!

Sebastian Vettel secured his third World Championship on the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In a partially/mostly rainy race, he finished 6th and secured the championship. Vettel had to battle his way up after being caught in a crash early in the race which took out both Williams drivers, Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado, as well as Sauber’s Sergio Perez.

Congratulations are also definitely in order for Jenson Button, who once again showed his skill for driving in difficult conditions and won the final race of the season for McLaren.

Fernando Alonso who was challenging Vettel to get his own respective third championship, lost after finishing second in the race – with no chance of catching up to Jenson Button after Paul Di Resta’s crash towards the end of the race brought the Safety Car onto the track and the race had to be finished behind it (which meant that none of the drivers were allowed to overtake).

Congratulations are also in order for Kimi Räikkönen, who after a hellishly difficult race was able to score one championship point in the final race (though largely because of Di Resta’s retirement). In and of itself, the fact Räikkönen scored made no difference to his standings in the championship where he finished 3rd over all. Lewis Hamilton, who was the only driver who could challenge him for the third-place in the standings was taken out in a spin by Nico Hülkenberg, who received a rather questionable drive-through penalty for a crash that wasn’t even his own fault. All the best for Hamilton, who will be driving for Mercedes GP next season.

It was also the final Grand Prix for a lot of racers. Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi drover their last GP for Sauber, with Perez moving to McLaren next season and Kamui-san still looking for a job. Hispania Racing Team will be most likely announcing their dissolution soon, which means it’s adios and नमस्ते for Pedro De La Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan. And despite Vitaly Petrov reclaiming Caterham’s 10th place in the constructor’s championship with his 11th place finish, it will most likely be the final grand prix for both him and Heikki Kovalainen.

Tomorrow will probably be the big day of F1 related annoucements and I will of course report on them accordingly.

Once again, congratulations to Sebastian Vettel. Olet ansainnut sen!