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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Champion on a dramatic final day
Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix 23rd - 25th November 2012
Interlagos, Sao Paulo
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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.

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