Vet­tel secures 3rd straight F1 ti­tle

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RIO DE JANE­RIO

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel over­came a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight For­mula One cham­pi­onship ti­tle on Sun­day, fin­ish­ing sixth in an in­ci­dent-filled Brazil­ian Grand Prix won by Jen­son But­ton un­der pour­ing rain. Vet­tel looked to be in big trou­ble af­ter he was bumped into shortly af­ter the lap and spun around, drop­ping to last place be­fore be­ing able to turn his car around and start a dif­fi­cult pur­suit. But he steadily worked his way up the field and did what he needed to hold off Fer­rari's Fer­nando Alonso, the only other driver con­tend­ing for the ti­tle.

Alonso had a su­perb start on a hec­tic first lap at In­ter­la­gos and fin­ished sec­ond, but that wasn't enough to erase Vet­tel's 13-point lead in the stand­ings, as the Ger­man be­came the youngest three-time cham­pion in For­mula One at age 25. Alonso's Fer­rari team­mate Felipe Massa was third in front of his home crowd, and cried on the podium af­ter fin­ish­ing a dif­fi­cult sea­son on a high. Lewis Hamil­ton was lead­ing in his fi­nal race with McLaren when Nico Hulken­berg crashed into him while try­ing to make a pass on a slip­pery track with 17 laps to go.

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