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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.
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.
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.
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.
The famous finger was back in Bahrain as Sebastian took his first victory of the year after starting from pole position.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Red Bull team mate Mark Webber took victory, Sebastian completed the podium with a third place at Silverstone.
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.
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.
After starting 11th in Belgium, Sebastian fought back through the field to finish and impressive second behind race winner Jenson Button.
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.
Singapore saw Sebastian get back onto the top step of the podium, taking victory under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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