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Motorsport | Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel (L) and Michael Schumacher © Reuters

Champion Vettel speechless, Schumi proud



Sebastian Vettel was rendered almost speechless after a nailbiting Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw his sixth place finish after an early collision just enough to deny Fernando Alonso the title to complete his own hat-trick.

"This is really special. Right to the end I didn't know if I'd done enough. Trundling along behind the safety car and then dragging over the line was just torture," Vettel gasped after the Red Bull driver won a third straight title at the age of just 25, having finished three points clear of Ferrari's Alonso.

Regarding his opening lap collision which so nearly wrecked his race Vettel said: "I just kept trying to race. We always believed.

"I don't know what more to say – it was a crazy race," Vettel said. "We could hardly have had more obstacles to overcome" after the rain made conditions treacherous.

Retiring seven-time champion, and Vettel mentor, Michael Schumacher praised his compatriot.

"I am very proud of Seb. I am very happy for him and it's good to leave the field open to him for further future success," said Schumacher.

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