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Sebastian Vettel's journey to the title

Vettel became the youngest Triple World Champion. See his journey to success with our gallery.
By Tom Bellingham

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Six of the best
Six F1 World Champions in this years field pose on the grid before during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit.
Six of the best If Sebastian was going to win his third championship in a row, he'd have to beat five other F1 World Champions, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. © Clive Mason/Getty Images
Second down under
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit
Second down under After qualifying in sixth in Australia, it was clear that things weren't going to be as easy as last year but Sebastian made his way back up field to finish second behind Jenson Button. © Clive Mason/Getty Images
Malaysian madness
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix
Malaysian madness Sebastian was running fourth in a chaotic Malaysian Grand Prix but a late collision with Narain Kathikeyan dropped him down to eleventh and out of the points. © Ker Robertson/Getty Images
China town
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit
China town It was a difficult weekend in China for Sebastian. In qualifying he failed to make the top 10 for the first time since 2009 but a great comeback drive saw him run as high as second with a few laps to go, before dropping back to fifth with worn tyres. © Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Back to the front in Bahrain
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with his Team Principal Christian Horner.
Back to the front in Bahrain The famous finger was back in Bahrain as Sebastian took his first victory of the year after starting from pole position. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Sixth in Spain for Seb
Helmet Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is seen on the starting grid ahead of the Spanish GP
Sixth in Spain for Seb Sebastian eventually took sixth place in Spain after an unscheduled stop for a front wing and a drive-through penalty for failing to slow under yellow flags. © Vladimir Rys/Getty Images
No repeat of Monaco magic
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Monaco Grand Prix
No repeat of Monaco magic Sebastian couldn't repeat his Monaco success from the previous year, he qualified ninth but made his way up to fourth. Team mate Mark Webber won the race. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Worn out in Canada
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix
Worn out in Canada Sebastian was battling with leaders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in Canada but the wrong strategy call with tyres dropped him to an eventual fourth place. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Out of luck in Valencia
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is seen on a starting grid before the European Grand Prix
Out of luck in Valencia Seb was looking unstoppable in Valencia. He was comfortably leading the race from pole position before a failure on his RB8 put him out of the race. © Vladimir Rys/Getty Images
Podium at Silverstone
Race winner Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is congratulated by third placed team mate Sebastian Vettel
Podium at Silverstone While Red Bull team mate Mark Webber took victory, Sebastian completed the podium with a third place at Silverstone. © Andrew Hone/Getty Images
Golden boy
Sebastian Vettel in action at the German Grand Prix
Golden boy Sebastian was hoping to take his first victory on home soil in Germany but while he got to celebrate on the podium in second he was dropped back to fifth, after his pass on Jenson Button was deemed illegal. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Facing the press
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is interviewed by the media during previews to the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix
Facing the press Sebastian put the controversy of Germany behind him to finish just shy of the podium in Hungary, taking fourth place behind Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. © Drew Gibson/Getty Images
Spa fight back
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads Felipe Massa at Belgium.
Spa fight back After starting 11th in Belgium, Sebastian fought back through the field to finish and impressive second behind race winner Jenson Button. © Vladimir Rys/Getty Images
Miserable Monza
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing walks back to his team garage after retiring early during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix
Miserable Monza It was a nightmare race in Monza for Sebastian. He receiving a drive-through penalty for an incident with title rival Fernando Alonso and later, retired from the race. © Clive Mason/Getty Images
Back to winning ways
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Singapore Grand Prix
Back to winning ways Singapore saw Sebastian get back onto the top step of the podium, taking victory under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. © Clive Mason/Getty Images
Unstoppable in Suzuka
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix.
Unstoppable in Suzuka Sebastian took another super Suzuka victory, winning from pole position, getting fastest lap and leading every lap of the race. The win put him within touching distance of title rival Fernando Alonso who retired from the race. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Korean success
Race winner Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with third placed Fernando Alonso (R)
Korean success It was another victory for Sebastian, this time at the Korean Grand Prix. The win put him ahead of Fernando Alonso and into the championship lead. © Clive Mason/Getty Images
Four in a row
Sebastian Vettel in India
Four in a row It was another dominant performance from Sebastian in India. He won the race from pole after leading every lap, the same as he did the previous year. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
From pits to podium
Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi
From pits to podium A fuel pick-up problem in qualifying put Sebastian to the back of the grid after he was excluded from the session. In the race, he battled through the field from the pit lane to take a fantastic third place. © Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Almost in Austin
Poster depicting Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari
Almost in Austin Sebastian couldn't wrap up the title in Austin but his second place helped seal the Constructors' Championship for Red Bull and he headed into the final race 13 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Champion on a dramatic final day
Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix 23rd - 25th November 2012
Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Sebastian Vettel
Champion on a dramatic final day Sixth was enough to take Sebastian to his third world championship in the final race of the season, which was dramatic from start to finish. © Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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