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Champion Vettel speechless, Schumi proud

The level of adrenaline that probably ran through Vettel's body just left him out of words and exhausted. Country fellow, Schumacher, happy to witness the achievement.
Sunday, November 25, 2012

SAO PAULO, Nov 25, 2012 (AFP) - 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, who just raced for last time in a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Both Germans embraced at 'parc ferme' with an enthusiastic Schumacher congratulating his fellow contryman for his achievement.

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