Vettel crowned at FIA Gala


Sebastian Vettel collected the Formula 1 world champion's trophy for a second straight year at today's FIA Prize Giving Gala in New Delhi's Kingdom of Dreams.

FIA president Jean Todt presented Vettel with the award, while Bernie Ecclestone handed the constructors' trophy to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. Jenson Button and Mark Webber also received their trophies for finishing second and third in the standings.

"It's great to be here in India at the FIA Gala to collect my second drivers' championship trophy," said Vettel. "I have had the trophy in my house all year and didn't want to give it back, so this means a great deal to me.

"It's hard to put into words how it feels to win again; the team stayed focused and made few mistakes and I would like to thank them for all their impressive efforts. I would also like to thank Renault who worked so hard all year.

"The history of Formula 1 means a lot to me and it's special to know that we are now somehow a part of that."

Horner took the opportunity to thank his team for its efforts during an incredibly successful season.

"It's phenomenal what the team has achieved this year," said Horner. "To win 12 races and take 18 pole positions and 27 podiums to defend our title is something we are very proud of. I would like to thank every member of the team, including Mark and Sebastian for all their hard work.

"Receiving the award tonight is fantastic and a great end to what has been an incredible year. Seb's achievement of becoming a double Formula 1 world champion is incredible; the fact he is the youngest ever to do this is testament to the exciting young talent that he is."

The other FIA world champions also received their trophies at the event, with Sebastien Loeb retaining the World Rally honours for an eighth straight year and Yvan Muller officially collecting another World Touring Car crown.

Formula 2 champion Mirko Bortolotti and World GT1 champions Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr were among the other drivers receiving the prizes for FIA title successes at the event.

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