2012 Brazilian Grand Prix season finale [RESULTS]

Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won his third consecutive drivers' world championship. After an epic finale to the 2012 calendar in Brazil, Red Bull's Vettel finished off the podium but 3 points ahead of...

Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won his third consecutive drivers' world championship.

After an epic finale to the 2012 calendar in Brazil, Red Bull's Vettel finished off the podium but 3 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

It was a tumultuous race for the sport's new and youngest-ever triple title winner, as he carried to the chequered flag hefty damage from a first lap spin and crash through stop-start rain, and radio and pitstop problems.

"We're all absolutely shattered," team boss Christian Horner exclaimed to British television Sky.

"I've aged about 15 years!"

With Vettel's celebrations occuring elsewhere, it was a strangely sombre affair on the podium, as the glassy-eyed Spaniard Alonso rued his championship defeat, and an emotional Felipe Massa fought back tears as he stood before crying Ferrari mechanics.

"When you do something with your heart and do it 100 per cent, you have to be proud of yourself and your team and we'll try again next year," said Alonso.

Triple world champion Nelson Piquet said on the podium that Interlagos 2012 was "the most exciting race I've ever seen in formula one".

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

71

1:45:22.656

2

25

2

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

71

+2.7 secs

7

18

3

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

71

+3.6 secs

5

15

4

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

71

+4.9 secs

3

12

5

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

71

+5.7 secs

6

10

6

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

71

+9.4 secs

4

8

7

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

71

+11.9 secs

13

6

8

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

71

+28.6 secs

17

4

9

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

71

+31.2 secs

14

2

10

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

70

+1 Lap

8

1

11

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

70

+1 Lap

19

 

12

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

70

+1 Lap

22

 

13

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

70

+1 Lap

15

 

14

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

70

+1 Lap

20

 

15

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

70

+1 Lap

9

 

16

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

70

+1 Lap

21

 

17

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

69

+2 Laps

24

 

18

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

69

+2 Laps

23

 

19

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

68

+3 Laps

10

 

Ret

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

54

Accident

1

 

Ret

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

5

Accident

18

 

Ret

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1

Spin

16

 

Ret

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

0

Accident

11

 

Ret

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

0

Accident

12

 

Note - Maldonado dropped 10 grid spots after missing a call to the weigh bridge and thus receiving his third stewards reprimand of the season

 

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