Vettel, the youngest triple champ

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German Sebastian Vettel joined an elite of legends in Formula One's hall of fame when he became the sport's youngest triple world champion. Vettel, the son of a carpenter, won the Formula One world championship in a rain-lashed and incident-packed Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

McLaren's Jenson Button won the season-ending race but the Red Bull driver's sixth-place finish was enough for three back-to-back titles. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, the only driver who could deny Vettel the title, finished in second place -- just three points behind.

Vettel joins the legendary Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio and his 'hero' Michael Schumacher in winning three championships in a row -- at the age of just 25. In 2010, he became Formula One's youngest champion at the age of 23 and 135 days.

"I think everything that could go wrong, went wrong," Vettel said of a race that saw him start in fourth place, go to the back of the field after a fourth-corner collision that left him facing the wrong direction, and finish sixth. Well, he races for the thrill and love of the experience.

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