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Button wins as Vettel takes his third title
Sunday 25th November 2012, 18:01 by TF1T Staff
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Jenson Button was the eventual winner of the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix, but it was Sebastian Vettel who secured his third drivers' championship to join the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as three-time consecutive winners.
Fernando Alonso couldn't do enough to grab the necessary points to steal the crown, but finished a brilliant second after fighting through the field.
The race will be remembered as a classic thanks to what was one of the most eventful opening few laps in Formula One history.
Vettel had a disastrous start to drop to last after a turn four spin following contact with Bruno Senna. However the German mastered the mixed conditions to climb to sixth - which was just enough to guarantee him the title.
Button, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg all led the race at times, but a clash between the latter two left Hamilton with broken front suspension and left the German down in P5.
The weather certainly played its part in the race with on/off showers throughout resulting in most drivers having to stop numerous times.
The chaos helped Vitaly Petrov to finish 11th for Caterham which was enough to secure them 10th in the Constructors' Championship.
2012 Brazilian GP Results:
Pos Driver Team Gap Pts 01. J. Button McLaren 25 02. F. Alonso Ferrari +2.7 18 03. F. Massa Ferrari +3.6 15 04. M. Webber Red Bull +3.9 12 05. N. Hulkenberg Force India +4.9 10 06. S. Vettel Red Bull +5.7 8 07. M. Schumacher Mercedes +9.4 6 08. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +11.9 4 09. K. Kobayashi Sauber +28.6 2 10. K. Raikkonen Lotus +31.2 1 11. V. Petrov Caterham +1 lap 12. C. Pic Marussia +1 lap 13. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1 lap 14. H. Kovalainen Caterham +1 lap 15. N. Rosberg Mercedes +1 lap 16. T. Glock Marussia +1 lap 17. P. de la Rosa HRT +2 laps 18. N. Karthikeyan HRT +2 laps 19. P. di Resta Force India +3 laps 20. L. Hamilton McLaren +17 laps 21. R. Grosjean Lotus +66 laps 22. P. Maldonado Williams +70 laps 23. B. Senna Williams 24. S. Perez Sauber